Notes: Ross cleared for baseball activities

Notes: Ross cleared for baseball activities
May 20, 2013, 9:00 pm
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CHICAGO --  Catcher David Ross, on the seven-day concussion disabled list since May 12, was re-examined Monday afternoon in Boston.
 
“Was cleared by the impact testing,” manager John Farrell said. “The symptoms have resolved. He threw today, he rode a bike for 30 minutes, no return of symptoms. So we’ll look to increase the intensity of work tomorrow.
 
“So he’s turning the corner. Baseball activities will start to come into play a little bit more, and by the end of this road trip, what we’ve got to figure out is it better for him to go get a [rehab] game or two, just to see some game speed.
 
“He’s throwing and hitting off a tee. So [baseball activity has] been initiated, it’s just not full speed.”
 
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Shortstop Stephen Drew is back in the lineup tonight. He missed the last two games after sliding awkwardly into second base on a double Friday night. Drew said his back is feeling better, but he can still feel it a little. The two days off helped, he said.
 
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Farrell played and coached for five seasons at Oklahoma State University, near the site of today’s deadly tornadoes.
 
"Our thoughts are with all the people," he said.
 
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Ryan Dempster spent nine seasons with the Cubs before being traded to the Rangers at the trading deadline last season. Pitching coach Juan Nieves spent 14 seasons with the White Sox before joining the Red Sox this season. Both were popular targets for media, White Sox players and staff, and others before tonight’s game.

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With a win Sunday, John Lackey became the only other Sox starting pitcher besides Jon Lester to record a ‘W’ since May 2. Lester had two wins in that time.  

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Left-hander Franklin Morales, who has been on the DL all season with back and pectoral issues, is scheduled to make a rehab appearances on Thursday with Double-A Portland.