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Ryan Sweeney expected to be out of Sox lineup for eight weeks

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  July 31, 2012 12:12 PM

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The Globe's Nick Cafardo reports via Twitter that Red Sox outfielder Ryan Sweeney is expected to miss at least eight weeks after injuring his left throwing hand by punching a door in the Red Sox dugout after Tigers second baseman Omar Infante made a diving stab to rob him of a hit in the bottom of the eighth inning of last night's game.

I just came down, walked down the stairs, and kind of punched the door a little bit, said a forlorn Sweeney in the clubhouse. Ive done [it] before, but maybe not to this extent.

Sweeney injured the outside knuckle on his left pinkie and was unable to return to the game. I just couldnt throw the ball, so they had to put Cody in, he said.

Asked last night if he felt as though he fractured it, Sweeney said, I dont know. Ive never broken my hand before, so I dont know what that feels like. I know it hurts a little bit right now.

Ryan Kalish will likely replace Sweeney on the Red Sox roster.

We'll have more in Boston.com's Extra Bases blog shortly.

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