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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Red Sox Injury Update: David Ross, Will Middlebrooks, Shane Victorino

By on 8/02/2014 01:45:00 PM

UPDATE 13:40 ET: Ross has indeed been placed on the disabled list with a ruptured tendon in his right foot, as Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald tweeted. Victorino's prognosis also looks bleak as Ian Browne of reports that back surgery is a distinct possibility following the MRI. Victorino will get a second opinion next week.

Original article:

Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross seems set to land on the DL today after the plantar fasciitis which has bothered him for the last week and a half flared up on Friday. Ian Browne & Steven Petrella of report that Ross exited after hobbling off following a sixth inning groundout, while Will Middlebrooks returned to start at third base and Shane Victorino made another trip to the DL.

Manager John Farrell told that the team would re-evaluate Ross on Saturday:
"We'll evaluate him tomorrow. Looks like he's got some pain in that plantar fascia tendon," manager John Farrell said. "We'll take a look at him tomorrow to make any determination at that point."
Plantar fascia problems can be extremely painful and linger for some time. Many will remember Albert Pujols battling the same issue last year, when he could barely run the bases and ultimately tore the plantar fascia altogether, ending his season. Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko just returned after missing almost two months with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Will Middlebrooks was activated before Friday's game, going 1-3 with a double. It was the third baseman's 22nd game of the season, with calf and finger injuries sending him to the DL twice already this year, and further setbacks hampering his rehab. According to Browne & Petrella, GM Ben Cherington is keen to see Middlebrooks get regular time at third base, which should be easier with Stephen Drew traded to New York and Xander Bogaerts back at shortstop.

Shane Victorino's year didn't get any better this week, as he landed on the DL for the third time this season with lower back pain. He underwent an MRI on Friday and Farrell told Browne & Petrella that they wouldn't have a definitive timetable for his return until more information was available. Victorino's .303 OBP is his lowest since becoming a major league regular in 2006 and he may not get much of a chance to improve that if this back injury turns out to be serious.

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