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The Red Sox moved backup catcher David Ross to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, acknowledging that he faces a lengthy recovery from two concussions.
Ross will not be eligible to return until Aug. 18. But he expects to be ready by then, according to agent Ryan Gleichowski.
“He’s very optimistic about that and he’s doing well,” Gleichowski said. “David wanted to try and push through it, but he understands you have be careful with these things.”
It’s a significant loss. When general manager Ben Cherington set about rebuilding the roster last fall, Ross was the first free agent he contacted. The 36-year-old was valued for his ability to handle a pitching staff and had the personality to help change the tone in the clubhouse.