BOSTON -- The Red Sox are looking outside the organization for outfield help, baseball sources confirmed to MLB.com on Sunday. One source cautioned, however, that teams often do not want to unload players this time of year.
Jacoby Ellsbury's partially dislocated right shoulder -- an injury the Red Sox still do not know the extent of -- and Carl Crawford's recovery from left wrist surgery and sore left elbow leave the Sox with only two healthy outfielders who reached 100 big league games played last season: Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney. Were Crawford and Ellsbury healthy, Ross and Sweeney would likely be platoon players.
The Sox aren't going to be able to get much on the trade market, most likely. Internally, there aren't many options at all, and Ryan Kalish won't be healthy till June.
Luckily, there's an elite (at least he's paid that way) outfielder who could start taking live at-bats down in Florida this week.
I hate to say it, Carl, but the team needs you badly. Come back to Boston ASAP. Pete Mastors 4/16/2012 09:35:00 AM Tweet