According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, both David Ross and Will Middlebrooks were classified as day-to-day after leaving the Sox’ 6-1 loss to the Twins early, Tuesday night. Middlebrooks (right side/ribs) did receive X-rays after exiting the game in the seventh inning.
Both players were injured in the fifth inning while chasing a pop-up in foul ground near the wall just before the visitors dugout. Middlebrooks came up with the catch after the two banged into each other, and the barrier, in their sliding pursuit of the Chris Parmalee foul ball.
“David Ross has got left quad contusion, right above the knee area,” Farrell said. “When he slid, both he and will, the shin guard kind of peeled back a little bit and he slammed into the wall at that point. So he’s day-to-day. it’s not anything in the knee structurally. That checked out fine. He started to get some swelling in that inning and got him out of there. Will’s undergoing X-rays and a CT-scan right now, just on that right side. Again, when he slid on his side, he kind of whipped over and slammed in the wall there. we, precautionarily, took him out of the game. He took the next at-bat, he didn’t feel anyting. He stated that he could have gone further but precautionary, we got him out of the game. His right side hit the wall.”
Ross stayed in for another batter after Parmalee, but after a Wilkin Ramirez single, and consultation at the mound, the catcher was escorted off the field by the Red Sox’ training staff.
“Obviously I’m a little sore,” said Ross, who referenced Middlebrooks’ ribs when talking about the third baseman’s injury. “I think I just jammed the top of my kneecap. It’s pretty sore and some swelling in there. If I wasn’t a catcher, I think I’d be fine, but squatting is a little bit sore. I couldn’t get up there in case the ball was in the dirt and stop it from going to the backstop or anything, so I felt it was best for Salty to get in there. Tough night.”
Ross added, “I stayed in for that one pitch. I felt it as I got down in my stance. It was tight. I felt the swelling in there. And then when I got to get up in my ready stance as far as with a man on third and I’ve got to block the ball, I couldn’t even get up. Anytime I engaged my quad, it was a pretty sharp pain. A lot of swelling. There’s no structural damage. We’ll get that swelling out of there, go home and ice until the wee hours of the morning.”
Ross is hitting .237/.341/.579 with four homers in 44 plate appearances. If he is unavailable for any meaningful stretch of time, the Sox almost surely would call up Ryan Lavarnway, who is hitting .328/.432/.500 for Triple-A Pawtucket and who has reached in all 18 games in which he’s played this year.
Pedro Ciriaco, who made two errors in the Twins’ four-run eighth inning, would be the short-term solution for Middlebrooks if the third baseman isn’t ready to go.
“Short term, not a concern,” Farrell said. “That was uncharacteristic of Pedro tonight. He’s shown to be a very dependable defender. You know, two miscues are unlike him. Long-term, we don’t think that will’s situation is more than day to day at this point. We’ll certainly get a better read once the test results come back. my thoughts haven’t gone down that path yet.”
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