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John Farrell said that David Ross is well on his way back, according to Maureen Mullen CSNNE. Ross, who has been on the 7-day concussion disabled list since May 12, has started throwing and hitting off a tee, according to CSNNE. Ross also did 30 minutes on a bike with no return of the symptoms, and Farrell is looking to increase the intensity of the workouts, according to CSNNE.

This can only be good news, as the Red Sox need his power off the bench and also his catching abilities. Ryan Lavarnway has only played 2 games since being called up, so it's clear that Ross is the preferred back up catcher behind Jarrod Saltalamacchia. It's easy to see why, though. Lavarnway, while he's been pretty good behind the plate, has not good been offensively. According to ESPN, he's 1/7 at the plate in 2 games, which is not good enough if you want to play more regularly.  It's a small sample size, but Lavarnway won't get many chances, so he has to make the most of his chances in every way. What you do on defense is important, but that can only take you so far if there are two players at the same position that can also be productive at the plate, your playing time will be minimal.

The pitching staff is also more familiar with Ross, which means Lavarnway will be a benchwarmer when Ross gets back to full health. Saltalamacchia probably won't stay healthy for the rest of the season, so Ross will be important to steady the ship when he goes down.

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Conor Frederick
Contributing Writer

Conor Frederick 5/21/2013 04:11:00 PM Edit
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