Sweeney could hit seven-day DL after failing concussion test


Sweeney could hit seven-day DL after failing concussion test

BALTIMORE - The Red Sox already have six outfielders on the disabled list. It's entirely possible that they could add a seventh on Tuesday, albeit for a short period of time.

Ryan Sweeney, who hasn't played since making a spectacular diving catch in Philadelphia Saturday night, failed a concussion test administered by Major League Baseball officials Monday night, making him ineligible for Monday's game.

Sweneey has experienced a stiff neck and persistent headaches since. He took an online test, which he failed to pass, early yesterday afternoon.

He then took a round of early batting practice, and even before the Sox got word from MLB that he was ineligible, the Sox decided on their own to keep him out of the lineup.

"I did some hitting and stuff today," said Sweeney. "I don't know, I just felt kind of tired. They just want to be careful with it because it's not something to mess around with. I've never had a head injury so I don't really know what to expect, whether it just goes away one day or if it lasts for a couple of days."

Major League Baseball created a special seven-day DL for players who suffer mild concussions, or exhibit concussion-like symptoms.

Manager Bobby Valentine said Monday night that he and GM Ben Cherington were going to discuss whether to place Sweeney on that.

Asked about the possibility of going on the special DL himself, Sweeney said: "I think maybe. We just have to see, especially with some of the injuries we've had of late."

Indeed, earlier in the day, the Sox announced that Cody Ross had suffered a broken navicular bone in his left foot, and will be placed on the DL Tuesday.

Ross will join Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Darnell McDonald, Ryan Kalish and Jason Repko already on the DL.

With Sweeney ineligible and Ross sidelined, the Sox played Monday's game with just 23 players, including no backup outfielders beyond the likes of Mike Aviles, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto, all of whom have scant outfield experience.

Farrell on WEEI: Have not apologized to Eckersley


Farrell on WEEI: Have not apologized to Eckersley

Red Sox manager John Farrell said today on WEEI's Dale and Holley Show that he has not apologized to Dennis Eckersley for the recent incident on a team flight in which David Price ripped into the Hall of Fame pitcher -- to the applause of some teammates -- for being too critical in his role as a team broadcaster.

“Yeah, that’s a no,” Farrell responded when asked specifically if he had apologized to Eck.


According to Brooks Sutherland's story on WEEI.com, Farrell said he has spoken to Eckersley since the incident and has a "positive in a professional way" relationship with Eck.

Sutherland quoted Farrell as saying: “I’ve had interactions with Eck, yes. I have, yeah. Whether it’s been at the hotel, or whether it’s been at the ballpark, there’s been interactions there, yes . . . At the time when we did meet, which was down in Texas, as I mentioned, and then again in the ballpark there. I’m aware that people reached out to him the morning after the incident when we were headed in to Toronto. So, knowing that that was in place, you know, I followed with my conversations with Eck as I’ve always done. They’ve been cordial, there’s been professional respect on both side and I think my relationship with him is positive in a professional way.”

Farrell said he heard Price yelling at Price on the plane.

“You know at the time when it did happen,you heard some loud talk,” he said. “but I can’t say that that’s . . . you know there’s banter that goes back-and-forth that’s relatively calm, and I would say this was a different situation. I can’t say that the banter is in this nature. After it did take place, I know Eck came up to the front of the plane to talk to Dave Dombrowski and myself. Obviously outlined what took place and that’s why we met with David the next day in Toronto."

Schilling defends Eckersley, says Sox are 'devoid of clubhouse presence'


Schilling defends Eckersley, says Sox are 'devoid of clubhouse presence'

Curt Schilling talks mostly politics on Twitter these days, but the Dennis Eckersley-David Price incident got him back to baseball.

And if Red Sox players think Eckersley is too critical, well, try this one on for size:

He didn't have only Price in his gunsights, either. When asked "what kind of team" would applaud the bashing of a Hall of Famer, he responded:

He even had kind words -- sort of -- for mortal enemy Dan Shaughnessy: