The Boston Red Sox have a few key players out of the lineup right now, but there is some good news. A couple of those players are on the mend and could return to the active roster soon. Here's an update on some of the walking wounded.
- David Ross (foot) – The veteran catcher has already shed the walking boot on his injured foot and is taking steps (no pun intended) to return. Ross tore his plantar fascia earlier this month, but believe it or not this is actually good news. Rupturing the tendon can actually allow the injury to heal faster and avoid surgery that could have sidelined him for a while. Ross is hoping to be ready to be activated when he's first eligible on August 17. Christian Vazquez has been filling in admirably in his place, but the rookie catcher could probably use a break soon after starting the last 12 straight games.
- Allen Craig (foot) – Craig injured his foot in his first game since being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in a trade for John Lackey. He jammed his foot rounding first base and landed on the disabled list soon after with concerns that this injury could be related to the Lisfranc ligament tear that plagued him last season. After seeking a second opinion from foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on Friday, Craig received some good news that could indicate that he'll be ready to rejoin his new team when he's first eligible to be activated. While the Red Sox will proceed cautiously, they are pleased to see that his symptoms have significantly subsided and he may be ready to start his rehab program this weekend.
- Shane Victorino (back) - His season has come to an end following successful back surgery on Tuesday, but Victorino expects to make a full recover and be ready to roll by Spring Training. He was limited to only 30 games due to a variety of injuries this season, but the time off should allow him to get fully healthy in time for 2015.
- Ryan Lavarnway (hand) – Lavarnway has returned to Pawtucket after making his way back from hamate bone surgery. He had attempted to begin a rehab assignment last month before a set back shut him down. Lavarnway served as the DH on Thursday, going 3 for 5 with a double and knocking in a pair of runs. He is a potential option to see a September call-up late in the season.
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