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 is expected to be activated from the disabled list today after sitting out since August 2 with plantar fasciitis. His return will help ease the burden on Christian Vazquez, who has caught 12 of the team's last 15 games, including every inning of a 19-inning marathon. Dan Butler has been a nice story as an undrafted player coming up to fill in for a few starts, but he's hitless in 11 at-bats.
Allen Craig (foot) – After serving as the DH in Pawtucket on Monday, where he went 0-for-2 with a walk, Craig was back at Fenway yesterday for batting practice with the team. He's expected to play right field in Pawtucket tonight and could return to the Boston lineup by the end of the week. Craig has only played one game since being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals, but if he can remain healthy the rest of the season he can give the Red Sox a glimpse of a piece they hope to be a big part of their lineup in 2015.
Will Middlebrooks (hamstring) – Middlebrooks was removed from last night's game when he came up hobbling after beating out an infield single. The Red Sox are considering him day-to-day with right hamstring soreness. Hopefully it's not something that will linger for long because the last thing Middlebrooks needs is another trip to the disabled list. He already missed about two and a half months with a fractured finger and just returned August 1. He's struggled in limited time this season, but needs to be able to stay in the lineup in order to find his rhythm at the plate.
Yoenis Cespedes (rest) – Cespedes was out of the lineup last night for the first time since he made his Red Sox debut earlier this month, but manager John Farrell insists it's not due to the hand and shin contusions he suffered last week. He's banged up, but should be back in the lineup soon. "He’s fully recovered to the point where I don’t think it’s hindering him. I’m sure he still feels it somewhat,” Farrell said. It sounds like he's going to be fine and the day off may have been related more to his slump at the plate than his various ailments. He did make an appearance in last night's game, collecting his first career pinch-hit. That's a good sign that he could be back in the lineup tonight.
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