Ryan Sweeney said his concussion symptoms lingered for three or four days but he has been feeling normal since and is ready to start playing after being on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
“I’ve been out for a week and it feels like a month. I’m just anxious to get out there and start playing again,” Sweeney said.
Sweeney was injured on May 19 in Philadelphia while making a diving catch in center field. He came away with whiplash and a mild concussion. He dealt with symptoms for three or four days afterward.
The trainers are still monitoring the amount of his physical activity. Sweeney took batting practice but said he would not lift weights afterward as he usually does.
“I just need to get back into baseball shape,” Sweeney said. “Get some at-bats and hopefully start feeling a little better.”
Sweeney never anticipated suffering a concussion making a catch in the outfield.
“I dove, I didn’t hit anything,” he said. “I’ve dove for hundreds of balls. They said it just depends on how you hit and the way your brain hits instead your head when you do hit. It’s a freak thing. I could dive 100 more times and that would never happen. It happened that one time.”
When it comes time to dive again, Sweeney said he would do what it takes to make a play.
“It’s part of the game. When you’re out there you don’t really have any hesitation,” he said.
Bobby Valentine had been trying to use Sweeney exclusively in center field before he went on the disabled list. But he’ll move around now with Cody Ross out.
• Che-Hsuan Lin was optioned to Pawtucket to make room for Sweeney on the roster.
• Adrian Gonzalez is starting in right field for the seventh time in the last nine games. Do the Red Sox consider this a long-term solution or are they showcasing Kevin Youkilis? It’s not clear at this point.
Gonzalez is willingly going out to right field and he has played the position very well given his lack of experience and foot speed. But the Sox are taking a heck of a chance with a very valuable player.
• Daniel Bard, who junked his windup midway through his last start, will return to it tomorrow. Bard said he had a good bullpen session earlier this week. He’s much less concerned about the velocity issue than others but admitted he’s working on getting more pop on his fastball.
• The Sox and Tigers will wear special hats with a camouflage logo for Memorial Day.
• Darnell McDonald (oblique) is set for nine innings with Pawtucket today. The Sox haven’t decided how long his rehab assignment will last. He’s 0 for 5 in two games.
• Carl Crawford (elbow, shoulder) has been swinging a bat for three days now and is up to 40-50 swings in the cage. The issue for him will be getting to the point where he can throw from the outfield as he wouldn’t be much help to this team as a DH.
• Jacoby Ellsbury is playing catch, which really isn’t that significant. He injured his right shoulder and he throws lefthanded.
• Jason Repko (shoulder, knee) is taking batting practice and is getting close to a rehab assignment. With the additions of Marlon Byrd and Scott Podsednik, it’s hard to see were Repko fits now.
• Aaron Cook (left knee) is throwing again after the cut on his knee opened back up and delayed his return.
• Cody Ross (left foot) is not yet engaged in baseball activities.
• Ryan Kalish (left shoulder, neck) will DH for Class A Salem today.