Backup catcher David Ross is close to a return. No, I'm not joking. Yes, I too breathed a sigh of relief upon hearing the news. According to MLB.com, he said that passed all the test the doctors had for him when he was checked out in Pittsburgh. He also says that it's glad to be back after he was back he was in the dugout for Thursday's game against the Rays. Here's what he had to say, according to MLB.com:
"It was rough there for a while," said Ross, who has been spending most of his time in Tallahassee, Fla. "I'm getting back. I'm glad to be back. It's a little frustrating watching things on TV, I know that. But I'm glad the guys have been playing well. I'm just glad to be back around these guys. I missed them a lot."
Ross also told MLB.com confident that he will play for the Red Sox this season.
"I'm very confident. That's the plan. I expect to be back as soon as possible. It's one of those things you can't push. I tried to push it. That's what got me into this predicament. It's just one of those things where I'm going to take my time and do what the doctor says. So far, so good. Now that I'm getting back healthy, I can really see how bad I was. It took being home and some downtime to figure that out."
Certainly, this means good news for the Red Sox, as Ross is "one of the most respected players in our clubhouse," according to manager John Farrell. Not to mention he's been very reliable as a backup to Jarrod Saltalamacchia this season, and he could certainly be a big plus for a team right in the middle of a pennant race. So here's to hoping that having him back will provide a morale boost to the team, because just a morale boost could spark this team and send us over the top in a tight AL East race.
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