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Cody Ross out indefinitely with fractured bone in left foot

May 21, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

Jose Molina, Cody Ross

Cody Ross, who’s been playing every day in the Red Sox’s outfield because of injuries to Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury, is now joining them on the disabled list with a fractured bone in his left foot.

There’s no timetable yet for his return, but manager Bobby Valentine indicated to reporters that the Red Sox definitely expect him to play again this season.

Ross was hitting .271 with eight homers and an .883 OPS in 37 games, so taking his bat out of the lineup is a big loss and the Red Sox’s outfield is now extremely thin. However, one non-negative to the injury is that it makes things easier on the Red Sox when it comes to activating Kevin Youkilis from the DL, which can now presumably be done without sending Will Middlebrooks back to the minors and may lead to one of them–or perhaps even Adrian Gonzalez–seeing action in the outfield.

That’s just me speculating, of course, and in the meantime the Red Sox are starting Daniel Nava, Marlon Byrd, and Che-Hsuan Lin in the outfield tonight versus the Orioles. And outfielders now on Boston’s disabled list include Ross, Crawford, Ellsbury, Darnell McDonald, Jason Repko, and Ryan Kalish.

  1. baseballisboring - May 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    When it rains, it rains acid, for a really long time, until you’re overwhelmed and literally drowning.

    Probably a little dramatic for baseball but…seriously, what the hell.

  2. dmobin - May 21, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    So at what point can we use injuries as an excuse for this lost season?

    • proudlycanadian - May 21, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      I guess that injuries are a better excuse than beer and chicken wings; however, the Red Sox have been playing well the last few weeks even with the injuries.

  3. hammyofdoom - May 21, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Jesus christ, start wrapping these guys in bubble wrap. It’s nice to see the sox have been winning lately with contributions from people like Nava, Byrd and Middlebrooks, but I’d like it if no more regulars went down with serious injuries. I mean come on, I’d like for once a Sox player to go down with like a muscle pull instead of a dislocated shoulder or broken foot. God.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 21, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    It’s like the Baseball Gods have doomed this season no matter what. Ellsbury looks like he’s getting it going, ruins his shoulder that very game. Ross starts stepping up in his absence, now he’s gone.

    What’s next? Gonzalez has a three-HR game tonight and then vanishes off the face of the Earth?

  5. goldensombrero3000 - May 21, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    You have to be pretty angry to smash your foot with your helmet.

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