BOSTON – A day after a flurry of roster moves, the Red Sox continued to make some mores and add new faces Saturday morning.
• Catcher David Ross was placed on the disabled list. He has been bothered by the plantar fascia tendon in his right foot recently. He left Friday’s win over the Yankees after his sixth-inning at-bat when he attempted to beat out a groundball to third base. Ross was thrown out, but hobbled almost halfway done the base line, directly into the dugout, and then to the clubhouse. On Saturday morning manager John Farrell said the early diagnosis is that the tendon appeared to rupture, which is actually a positive, allowing healing to begin more quickly.
• To take his place, the Sox called up catcher Dan Butler from Triple-A Pawtucket. Butler, 27, was an undrafted free agent when he signed with the Sox in July 2009. He has appeared in 76 games for the PawSox this season, 47 behind the plate, and 28 as the designated hitter. His first appearance will be his major league debut.
• Right fielder Shane Victorino, who was placed on the DL on Friday, will travel to Los Angeles on Sunday to meet with spine specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins. Depending on the findings, he could have surgery on a bulging disc within days. While not looking forward to the possibility of a surgery, Victorino said if it is inevitable, he would prefer to have it sooner than later to prepare for next season.
• Yoenis Cespedes will make his Sox debut today, batting clean-up, playing left field. While the Sox plan for him to be their everyday right fielder, because he was unable to get pregame work in Fenway’s right field yesterday (because he didn’t arrive until later) or today (because of the weather), Farrell thought it would be better to have him start in left, where he is more familiar.
• Allen Craig is not in the lineup today. Farrell said he turned an ankle in his final at-bat Friday, when he landed on the first base bag when he hit into a double play in the eighth. But, with righthander Shane Greene starting for the Yankees, the Sox had planned to have Daniel Nava in the lineup, anyway. Craig appeared to land awkwardly on his left ankle, which he originally injured in September, and which continues to bother him.
• Farrell has set his rotation for the Cardinals series, which begins Tuesday at St. Louis. Those hoping to see John Lackey pitching against his former team will be disappointed. The righthander starts for the Cardinals tomorrow against the Brewers. The scheduled pitching match-ups are: Tuesday, righthander Rubby De La Rosa vs. righthander Lance Lynn; Wednesday, righthander Joe Kelly, making his Sox debut against his former team, opposed by righthander Shelby Miller; and Thursday, righthander Brandon Workman vs. righthander Adam Wainwright.
• Kelly Johnson, acquired in the Thursday trade with the Yankees for Stephen Drew, is eligible to be activated from the DL (strained left groin) on Thursday. He is expected to get a couple of rehab games before that. Farrell said the role for Johnson, a lefthanded hitter, would be as a pinch-hitter, and third baseman, left fielder off the bench. In 12 plate appearances as a pinch-hitter this season, Johnson is hitless, with two walks, and five strikeouts.