The Red Sox outfield is getting a much needed mended body back in the form of Ryan Sweeney who was activated from the 7-day concussion DL on Monday. Sweeney passed all his pregame testing to ensure he was clear of any lingering effects a concussion can bring. According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the tests consists of a full workout of baseball activities.
This move indicates that we may have seen the last of Adrian Gonzalez in right field, at least for the time being. Sweeney brings the number of healthy and available outfielders to four including Daniel Nava, Marlon Byrd and Scott Podsednik. It would be difficult to justify putting Gonzo in right given the ability of the aforementioned four that play the position on a regular basis.
Filling out the outfield portion of the lineup won’t be the difficult part for manager Bobby Valentine, but rather he now has to face the challenge of the third base dilemma; also known as the Youkilis/Middlebrooks saga. Look for a more in depth post on this in the coming day or two.
With Sweeney being activated, the club optioned Che-Hsuan Lin to triple-A Pawtucket.