Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross left as quickly as he returned and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list after aggravating an injury Friday.
The team confirmed the news on Twitter and detailed further roster shuffling to make up for the lost production:
Today the #RedSox also placed C David Ross on 15-day DL with right plantar fasciitis and recalled C Dan Butler from Triple-A Pawtucket.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) August 2, 2014
Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald notes that the injury is a "rupture" but that the timespan still calls for an optimistic outlook:
David Ross did, in fact, rupture tendon in right foot. Good thing toward proving relief. Goes to DL. #RedSox hopeful he missed only 15 days— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) August 2, 2014
Interestingly enough, perhaps Lauber is on to something—Ross recently told the media, via Jason Mastrodonato of MassLive.com, that the injury would "feel a lot better" if it ruptured.
Now 37 years old, Ross has spent the past two seasons in Boston and performed as a solid platoon when not injured:
Friday, Ross returned against the New York Yankees for his first start since July 28 and had to leave the game in the seventh inning. His injury means 23-year-old Christian Vazquez—owner of a .250//295/.350 slash line—moves into a full-time starting role and provides some kick to the lineup at the plate.
Dan Butler also gets a shot at playing time after being called up and is happy about the opportunity, as noted by Tim Britton of The Providence Journal.
"I'm sure you guys have heard it every time everybody's come up: You can't explain how exciting this is," said Butler, who was recalled with David Ross landing on the 15-day disabled list. "It's a real exciting time for me right now."
For the 49-60 fifth-place Red Sox, the injury may prove to be a blessing in disguise as younger players get shots to prove their worth as the front office eyes next season.
With no indication based on recent trades that this is a long-term rebuild, the more young guys given a chance, the merrier. Perhaps a proverbial diamond in the rough will be unearthed as a result.