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David Ross recovered from concussion, ready to begin minor league rehab assignment

Aug 8, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT

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The Red Sox signed David Ross to a two-year, $6.2 million contract over the winter in hopes that he would share catching duties with Jarrod Saltalamacchia this season, but he has been limited to just 23 games due to a pair of concussions. However, it sounds like he could be back for the stretch run.

According to Evan Drellich of, Ross will begin a minor league rehab assignment tomorrow with Double-A Portland. The 36-year-old hasn’t played since June 14, but he was cleared to return to game action after going for a check-up with concussion specialist Michael Collins on Thursday. He’s expected to move up to Triple-A Pawtucket next week and should be activated around the time he’s eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on August 17.

This has been a lost season for Ross so far, but he could provide a nice boost to Boston’s lineup if he’s back to 100 percent. He compiled an .816 OPS from 2009-2012 with the Braves and was a real weapon against left-handed pitching.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Well….that will definitely help them from getting pitifully shutout again against….well, no offense to Bruce Chen….but Bruce fucking Chen.

    • eightyraw - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      Sweet Chen Music has been pretty dominant since his move back to the bullpen (5 GS, 31.2 IP, 16H, 4R, 4BB, 23K) and for whatever reason this seems to be one of his low BABiP years.

      • dan1111 - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:44 AM

        Chen has had one of the more bizarrely inconsistent careers around.

    • dan1111 - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:45 AM

      FYI, saying “no offense” doesn’t automatically make whatever follows it non-offensive!

  2. theskinsman - Aug 9, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    But will it help Lester and Dumpster find their way back to being a MLB pitcher again?

    • dan1111 - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:42 AM

      They are both slightly below average starters this seasons.

      Failing to meet expectations? Yes.

      Unworthy of being in the majors and deserving of infantile garbage-related nicknames? No.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:30 AM

        Dumpster’s ERA+ is now down to 90.

        David Eckstein’s career OPS+ is 87.

        So saying Dumpster is “slightly below average” this season is basically the same as saying David Eckstein was “slightly below average” as a hitter.

      • dan1111 - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:09 AM

        That means Eckstein was 30% farther below average than Dempster.

        And Eckstein wasn’t garbage, either. He was a decent enough player; the main problem was that in some quarters he became greatly overrated for qualities like “scrappiness”.

      • dan1111 - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:47 AM

        By the way, the difference between a 90 ERA+ and average for Dempster would be about 6 or 7 earned runs at this point.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM


        Ops+ of 100 is average.

        The difference between 90 and 87 is 3% (actually 3.33% based on your phrasing if I’m not mistaken).

        And yes. Eckstein was garbage as a hitter. Being 13% worse than average is bad.

      • dan1111 - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        @tbf, 87 is 30% farther from 100 than 90 is. Because 13 is 30% bigger than 10.

        Did I blatantly select that way of describing it to make my point sound better? Yes.

      • theskinsman - Aug 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        Lester from where he was to where he is is a huge drop off. I don’t know if he’s hurt,or just lost his stuff. I was horrified by the Dempster signing ,and unfortunately he has exceeded my worst nightmares. His dumpster nickname is well earned, as his pitching smells like a ripe dumpster in the summer. Lester is the player’s given name, so how there were ‘nicknames’ is a mystery.If something that mild upsets you, stop reading sports blogs and go follow chess.

  3. bostonstandup - Aug 9, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Should give Salty some chance for a night off here and there going down the stretch before the post season but damn we really need Lester to step it up. Horrendous first inning last night

  4. 18thstreet - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    I think it’s great that baseball (at least the Red Sox) is taking concussions seriously. And I wonder how many slumping players over the years were dealing with symptoms from concussions and just accused of being frail.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Aug 9, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    They gave Salty a huge break by not having to catch Wright.

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