David Ross Injury: Updates on Red Sox Catcher's Foot and Return

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2014

Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross comes up limping after running out a ground ball against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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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:

Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald notes that the injury is a "rupture" but that the timespan still calls for an optimistic outlook:

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:

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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.

Jul 26, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross (3) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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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.

 

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