BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today placed outfielder Cody Ross on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 19) with a fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot, activated Kevin Youkilis from the 15-day disabled list and selected outfielder Scott Podsednik to the active Major League roster from Triple-A Pawtucket. Effective yesterday, the Red Sox placed outfielder Ryan Sweeney on the seven-day concussion disabled list. To make room for Podsednik on the 40-man roster, the club also today transferred right-handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to the 60-day DL. Youkilis is slated to start at first base tonight against the Orioles in Baltimore, and Podsednik will also be active for the game, wearing No. 26.
The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington.
Ross, 31, suffered the injury when he fouled a ball off his left foot during Friday night’s game in Philadelphia. He has hit .271 (36-for-133) with nine doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 28 RBI, 24 runs and 16 walks in 37 games with the Red Sox this season while seeing time at all three outfield positions. His 28 RBI rank tied for ninth in the American League, and he leads the club and is fifth in the circuit with an average of 4.75 at-bats per RBI. Signed by the Red Sox as a free agent in January, Ross has hit at a .262 clip (672-for-2,569) with 161 doubles, 12 triples, 108 home runs, 399 RBI, 352 runs, 213 walks and 28 stolen bases in 794 Major League games with the Tigers (2003), Dodgers (2005-06), Reds (2006), Marlins (2006-10), Giants (2010-11) and Red Sox (2012).
Youkilis, 33, has been on the disabled list since May 2 (retroactive to April 29) with a low back strain and has appeared in four rehabilitation games with Triple-A Pawtucket, going 4-for-11 (.364) with two doubles, an RBI, run and three walks. He has started 18 games at third base for the Red Sox this season, and hit safely in eight of his last 13 contests prior to the DL stint, going 12-for-44 (.273) with two home runs and nine RBI. He is 14-for-64 (.219) with two doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, 14 runs and five walks overall in 2012. A three-time All-Star who was selected by the Red Sox in the eighth round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, Youkilis owns a .288 career average (941-for-3,270) with 234 doubles, 16 triples, 131 home runs, 559 RBI, 583 runs, 485 walks and 26 stolen bases in 929 career games with Boston.
Podsednik, 36, was acquired by the Red Sox from the Phillies on May 11 and has hit .323 (10-for-31) with a triple, home run, six RBI, five runs, three walks and two stolen bases in nine games with the PawSox. The left-handed batter, who played in 22 games with Philadelphia’s Triple-A Lehigh Valley club to begin the year, last appeared in the Majors in 2010 when he combined for a .297 clip (160-for-539) with 14 doubles, seven triples, six home runs, 51 RBI, 63 runs and 40 walks in 134 games between the Royals and Dodgers, and finished 10th in the ML with 35 stolen bases. A veteran of 10 Major League seasons with the Mariners (2001-02), Brewers (2003-04), White Sox (2005-07, 2009), Rockies (2008), Royals (2010) and Dodgers (2010), Podsednik has hit .279 (1,036-for-3,707) with 171 doubles, 41 triples, 41 home runs, 544 runs, 327 walks and 301 stolen bases in 1,016 career games. An All-Star with the White Sox in 2005, he has played 545 games in left field (484 starts), 379 in center (356 starts) and 20 in right (11 starts).
The 27-year-old Sweeney suffered the injury during Saturday night’s game in Philadelphia. He has hit .311 (38-for-122) with 14 doubles, a triple, 12 RBI, 11 runs and five walks in 34 games with the Red Sox this season, and places seventh among AL leaders in average and tied for fourth in doubles. He made his first 22 starts of the year in center field and each of his last six in center. Acquired by Boston from Oakland in December, Sweeney has compiled a .285 average (466-for-1,637) with 97 doubles, 11 triples, 14 home runs, 181 RBI, 213 runs and 144 walks over 506 career Major League games with the White Sox (2006-07), Athletics (2008-11) and Red Sox (2012).
The 31-year-old Matsuzaka began the season on the 15-day disabled list, recovering from Tommy John Surgery that he underwent on June 10, 2011. He made five rehabilitation starts between High-A Salem, Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket from April 23-May 17, but was removed from rehab on Saturday due to a right trapezius strain. Signed by the Red Sox as a free agent on December 14, 2006, Matsuzaka has a 49-30 career record with a 4.25 ERA (294 ER/622.2 IP) and 568 strikeouts in 106 Major League games (105 starts).