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Sweeney, Atchison likely out for season

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  July 31, 2012 05:25 PM

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Ryan Sweeney has a fractured pinky finger knuckle on his left hand and could likely be out for the season, the result of his punching a poor on Monday night. The prognosis is eight weeks.

Sweeney underwent surgery Tuesday after he suffered the injury punching a door in the Red Sox dugout after grounding out to diving Detroit second baseman Omar Infante in the eighth inning of Monday night's 7-3 victory to go 0-for-4 on the night.

Ryan Kalish was was called up from Triple A Pawtucket to fill Sweeney's roster spot.

"He made pretty good contact last night and straightened out his middle knuckle, I believe, so he'll be out for a while,'' Valentine said. "Ryan Kalish has been playing extremely well and is even more healthy than the last time he was here, so he'll be a nice addition for us.''

Asked how disappointed he was that Sweeney allowed his frustrations to get the better of him, Valentine replied, "Boys will be boys. The door he had actually hit was dented, so it wasn't the first time. He must have went at it in the wrong direction, because there's been multiple whacks at it.''

Did Sweeney's injury look to be season-ending?

"It looks pretty close to it,'' Valentine said.

Righthander Scott Atchison, who underwent an MRI Monday, appears to have a torn ulnar collateral ligament and is getting a second opinion. He would need Tommy John surgery.

Atchison, who has been on DL since July 14 with right forearm tightness. "They think he tore his [UCL],'' Valentine said.

Atchison (1-2, 1.76 ERA) pitched in 37 games this season and logged 46.0 innings, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) on 37 hits and four walks while striking out 34 batters.

Also, designated hitter David Ortiz confirmed that it was not likely he would be coming off the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after he continued to experience some discomfort with his strained right Achilles tendon.

Asked if he was still shooting to return Wednesday from the DL, Ortiz said, "No, it's not going to be tomorrow. I'm still limping a little bit when I walk, so I've got to be pain-free first before I start running.''

Ortiz, who was no longer sporting a walking boot on his right foot, said he was not experience as much pain as he was when he initally suffered the injury. ''But there's still pain, that's why I'm limping,'' he said.

Ortiz did take batting practice on the field today.

In other related items:

Valentine said the acquistion of lefthanded reliever Craig Breslow gave the team the option of restoring lefty Franklin Morales back to the starting rotation. "I think that's always been an option, but maybe that makes it a little easier,'' the manager said.

After Matt Albers was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, RHP Clayton Mortensen was called up from Triple A Pawtucket to fill his roster spot.

Mike Aviles was out of the lineup for the third consecutive game because of a turf toe condition. Aviles, who underwent an MRI exam Monday, received a cortisone injection in his right foot. "The MRI exposed the situation to what thought it was turf toe,'' Valentine said. "It's not as though if he ran out there he would damage it, but it might hurt. The hope is to take care of the pain.''

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