As if it couldn't get any worse, right? Well it has, and now the Boston Red Sox are in major trouble with who is going to be in the outfield for the next few months.
WEEI's Alex Speier tweets how the Boston outfield just lost yet another key piece.
Cody Ross has a fracture of navicular bone in left foot (same bone Pedroia broke). He'll go on DL tomorrow w/Youk activation likely— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) May 21, 2012
The severity of the injury to Ross is still to be determined, as is his timetable for return.
Valentine said Ross could miss couple months.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) May 21, 2012
It seems as if the outfielders have been dropping like flies this season—Ross will be the sixth to be put on the disabled list, joining Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Ryan Kalish, Darnell McDonald and Jason Repko.
When Ellsbury went down, Boston went out and acquired Marlon Byrd from the Chicago Cubs, but they are now left with a bigger dilemma. Che-Hsuan Lin is a quick fix that can provide a strong arm in the outfield, but he is not a long-term solution.
ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes tweets that one possibility is to play Adrian Gonzalez in the outfield more often once Kevin Youkilis is activated off of the disabled list, which should be tomorrow. This way Boston could play Youkilis at first base, Will Middlebrooks at third base and still keep Gonzalez in the lineup.
Boston Globe writer Nick Cafardo tweeted that Scott Podsednik could be another option as he's been playing well in Triple-A Pawtucket.
The only other outfielders besides Lin and Byrd include Daniel Nava, who has been playing well as of late, and Ryan Sweeney, who is currently battling concussion-related symptoms.
Regardless of who fills the void left by Ross, it's safe to say that if the Boston Red Sox weren't in major trouble before, they definitely are now.