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Ross dealing with left foot injury

Outfielder may have more tests

By Peter Abraham
Globe Staff / May 20, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA - Cody Ross was limping when he entered the visitors’ clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday afternoon and went immediately to the trainer’s room.

Ross did not play in a 7-5 victory against the Phillies and it could be a few days before he returns after fouling a ball off his left foot in the eighth inning on Friday night.

“I’m not going to say I’m going to play tomorrow. I don’t know how it’s going to feel,’’ said Ross, who doesn’t feel he will need to go on the disabled list.

“There needs to be some blood flow in there. If I really tried hard, I could walk normal. They want me to take it easy on it.’’

The initial X-rays were negative. But Ross could have further tests once the swelling decreases.

With Ross out, the only outfielders available Saturday night were Ryan Sweeney, Marlon Byrd, and Daniel Nava. The Red Sox started Adrian Gonzalez in right field with David Ortiz playing first base.

Ross is second on the Red Sox with eight home runs and 28 RBIs. His .883 OPS trails only Ortiz among regulars.

Salty back in

There’s a reason they say catchers are tough. Jarrod Saltalamacchia was back in the lineup and went 3 for 4 with a double and a home run after leaving Friday’s game in the fifth inning due to head trauma.

“I’m fine,’’ he said Saturday. “I definitely wanted to play.’’

A pitch from Daniel Bard struck Philadelphia’s Ty Wigginton on the arm, deflected off Saltalamacchia’s left arm, and struck him in the left ear.

Saltalamacchia suffered a cut that required 12 stitches to close. His ear lobe was essentially cut in two.

“It went straight down and sliced it and a little bit in the middle it went through and ripped through,’’ Saltalamacchia said.

Saltalamacchia was checked for a concussion and showed no symptoms.

“The biggest thing they were worried about was a fracture [behind his ear] but a CT scan showed nothing,’’ he said.

Saltalamacchia wears a conventional catcher’s mask. A full helmet with a facemask, much like hockey goalies use, would have shielded his ear. But Saltalamacchia tried the helmet while in high school and didn’t like it.

“They’re just so heavy and after foul ball after foul ball, it’s louder than most people think,’’ he said. “I stopped doing it because it was so damn loud. But it would have kept me from getting hurt last night, that’s for sure.’’

Saltalamacchia texted manager Bobby Valentine on Friday night from the hospital and said he wanted to play Saturday. “I’m due to hit a bomb,’’ he wrote.

After hitting his sixth home run of the season, Saltalamacchia was laughing.

“It was meant more as a joke,’’ he said. “But I wanted to get in the lineup. Sometimes you tell the manager you’ll hit a homer and he’ll put you in the lineup.’’

Saltalamacchia had a red goalie-like helmet in his locker before Saturday’s game and considered using it. But he did not.

Youkilis not ready

Kevin Youkilis played his third rehabilitation game for Pawtucket, starting at third base against Durham Saturday night. He went 1 for 4 with a single and two strikeouts and played seven innings in the field.

Youkilis is 3 for 9 with four strikeouts for Pawtucket.

Valentine said he expected Youkilis to remain with the PawSox for a few more days. Youkilis has been out since April 29 with a strained lower back.

“I told Kevin when he left, when he feels like he’s seen the ball enough and he feels good to let us know,’’ Valentine said. “It seems like the green light is on.’’

Cook making strides

Aaron Cook, who started one game and landed on the disabled list with a deep cut in his left knee, is running again and threw in the bullpen before the game. He is getting close to a rehab assignment . . . Valentine said that Daisuke Matsuzaka remains scheduled to pitch for Pawtucket on Tuesday. But he also mentioned that Matsuzaka is dealing with pain on the side of his neck. With Matsuzaka getting close to the end of his 30-day rehab assignment, the Red Sox may be looking for a reason to keep him off the roster. Matsuzaka has been erratic in five starts in the minors . . . A day after his first ejection of the season, Valentine had no regrets for taking on first base umpire Gary Darling. He disputed a close call at first base in the ninth inning. Not only was Valentine ejected, Darling accidentally spit his gum at him. “It hit me in the eye,’’ Valentine said.

Running for cause

The Red Sox will hold the Run-Walk to Home Base at Fenway Park on Sunday.

A group of 2,000, runners and walkers, including several hundred active members of the military, will participate in the event, which ends at home plate.

Pledges will benefit the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, which supports veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress syndrome or traumatic brain injuries and their families.

The public is invited to Fenway to support the participants. The gates open at 5:30 a.m. with the opening ceremony at 7:15 a.m. The first runners leave Yawkey Way at 8 a.m.

Those scheduled to be on hand include Bill Lee, Jim Lonborg, Mayor Thomas Menino, and Senator Scott Brown.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.

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