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Broken foot shelves Ross

Outfielder could be out 6-8 weeks

By Peter Abraham
Globe Staff / May 22, 2012
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BALTIMORE - Cody Ross walked out of Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia Sunday hopeful of playing against the Orioles Monday night. Now he might not be playing until July.

Ross was diverted to Boston for an MRI on his injured left foot and it revealed a small, non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone. The general timetable for such injuries is 6-8 weeks and he was placed in a large walking boot to take weight off his foot.

Ross will not be placed on the disabled list until Tuesday. He also will seek a second opinion on the injury.

Ross is hitting .271 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs. Now he will join five other Sox outfielders - including fellow projected starters Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford - on the disabled list.

Manager Bobby Valentine said all he can do is keep prodding the team forward.

“This is a tough group,’’ he said. “They heard when I took the job that I liked different lineups. So I guess they were all kind of prepared for different lineups. They’re used to it . . . I’ve never seen this team feel sorry for itself. I’m not worried about that.’’

Dustin Pedroia fractured his left navicular bone in June 2010 and missed the rest of the season outside of two games. He then needed surgery to have a screw put in to hold the fracture together.

According to general manager Ben Cherington, Ross has a smaller fracture in a slightly different spot.

“Our medical staff is confident surgery won’t be necessary,’’ Cherington said. “We just have to let him heal and see how he does. Check in two weeks and see where he is then.’’

The addition of Ross will give the Sox 13 players on the disabled list.

“It feels like a lot of guys are banged up. Guys have shown great perseverance through tough times,’’ Cherington said. “Just have to hang in there and keep playing hard.’’

Youkilis ready

Kevin Youkilis played in his third injury rehabilitation game for Triple A Pawtucket Monday in Norfolk, Va., and will join the Sox here Tuesday for an exam. Youkilis went 1 for 2 with a double, RBI, and two walks in the PawSox’ 4-0 win.

With Ross going on the DL, Youkilis is expected to be activated.

Youkilis was 4 for 11 in three games for Pawtucket. He has been out since April 29 with a strained lower back. The third baseman was hitting .219 over 18 games when he went on the disabled list.

“We’ll have to see how he responds,’’ Cherington said “He’s obviously been an everyday player throughout his career. Bobby will be careful, I’m sure, giving him a day here and there to help him.’’

The Sox are discussing what to do with rookie Will Middlebrooks, who has hit .297 with 16 RBIs in 18 games at third base and settled in as the No. 5 hitter.

Sweeney out again

Ryan Sweeney was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game because of a mild concussion suffered Saturday while making a diving catch in center field against the Phillies.

He failed a concussion test administered by Major League Baseball and could be placed on a special seven-day disabled list today.

“I tried to do some stuff [on an exercise bike] and hit and I felt a little weird,’’ Sweeney said. “I’ve never had this. That’s why I don’t know. As a player I want to play, but if you feel something going on you have to say something.’’

No Ellsbury till July

Ellsbury suffered a partially dislocated right shoulder April 13. At the time, the hope was he would be out 6-8 weeks. But he has yet to start throwing or hitting and will not back until July, if then.

“He’s doing well. The range of motion has really come back, not all the way but almost there,’’ Cherington said. “He has started strengthening and feels good. I think the rough time frame [is] early July we’re hoping, but there’s no specific calendar put on it yet.’’

Cherington “is not sure yet’’ when Ellsbury can start baseball activities. He would need full range of motion in his shoulder to get to that level in his rehab.

As for Crawford, out with left wrist and left elbow injuries, the timetable is early- to mid-July, according to Cherington. Crawford, who twice has experienced setbacks in his recovery, also has yet to start swinging a bat or throwing.

Matsuzaka on hold

Daisuke Matsuzaka has been recalled from his rehabilitation assignment, but placed back on the DL with soreness in his right trapezius muscle.

Under major league rules, Matsuzaka would have to wait at least seven days before he can start another rehab assignment. But he is not expected to be ready at that point.

Matsuzaka had a shot in the affected area, which is near his neck. “It restricts my movement when I throw,’’ he said via an interpreter. “It is a setback and it is a little bit disappointing. But hopefully the shot takes care of it.’’

Matsuzaka was on the disabled list originally because he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. Based on his comments, he will not be coming back soon.

“I’ve said this before. I don’t want to, and I don’t think I can, pitch until I’m at 100 percent physically and mentally. That’s the type of patience I need to continue working with,’’ he said.

Ortiz chasing Bench

The home run David Ortiz hit in the sixth inning gave him 388 for his career. He needs one more to tie Hall of Famer Johnny Bench for 55th place all-time . . . While in Norfolk to play for Pawtucket, Youkilis reconnected with Norfolk manager Ron Johnson, the former Red Sox first base coach. Youkilis purchased a horse for Johnson’s daughter Bridget, who lost her left leg in 2010 when the horse she was riding was struck and killed by a car. The new horse is named Youkie . . . The Portland Sea Dogs were no-hit by a trio of pitchers in a 6-0 loss at New Hampshire. Combining on the gem for the Fisher Cats were Brett Cecil (5 2/3 innings), Danny Farquhar (2 1/3), and Ronald Uviedo (1).

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

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