BOSTON With 13 players currently on the disabled list, and a total of 56 player-games missed so far this season, manager Bobby Valentine could be forgiven for thinking of the "what ifs."
What if he had had a fully healthy roster all season?
But, Valentine said he hasnt gone there.
No, its not a thought that I could wrap my head around, he said Sunday morning before the start of the series finale against the Rays. And the other teams are dealing with the same stuff. Thats what the major league seasons all about. The rosters been a challenge all season and it will become more challenging as the season progresses and as these guys come back.
Of the 13 players currently on the DL, seven are outfielders. Valentine has yet to see what was expected to be his starting outfield in the lineup.
But, outfielder Ryan Sweeney, on the 7-day concussion DL since May 21, is expected to be activated Monday.
Cody Ross, on the DL since May 19 with a fracture in his left navicular bone, is making progress. Ross was walking around the clubhouse Sunday morning without the plastic boot that has encased his left foot.
As the players make their ways back from the DL, that will present other challenges. If Sweeney is activated Monday, a roster move will have to be made. Che-Hsuan Lin would be the likely move, returning to Pawtucket.