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Red Sox GM says OF Ross could miss 6-8 weeks

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POSTED May 21, 2012 9:56 p.m.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Boston Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross has a broken bone in his left foot and could be sidelined six to eight weeks.

Ross has been out since fouling a ball off his foot Friday night against Philadelphia. An X-ray showed no breaks, but an MRI on Monday revealed a small fracture.

Ross will seek a second opinion in Baltimore but is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

Speaking before the Red Sox faced the Orioles on Monday night, Cherington said Ross has a small fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot.

"Six to eight weeks is the general framework," Cherington said. "He'll get checked again in two weeks to see where he is from there."

Ross is batting .271 with eight homers and 28 RBIs, one behind David Ortiz for the team lead. He would be the sixth Boston outfielder on the DL, following Carl Crawford (wrist), Ryan Kalish (shoulder), Jacoby Ellsbury (shoulder), Jason Repko (shoulder) and Darnell McDonald (oblique).

"It feels like a lot of guys are banged up at once," Cherington said. "Our options are to keep playing. The guys that are in the lineup tonight are the guys in the lineup tonight. We'll keep looking for reinforcements. We'll likely have at least a move, if not more, for (Tuesday)."

Third baseman Kevin Youkilis was headed to Baltimore for an examination on his strained lower back and could be activated from the DL. He's been out since April 29.

In other news, right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow surgery) was reinstated from his 30-day rehabilitation assignment and returned to the 15-day disabled list with a right trapezius muscle strain, Cherington said.

Matsuzaka received a shot on Sunday designed to help relieve stiffness in the muscle. He must refrain from baseball activities for seven days before he can start another rehab assignment.

"We expect this issue will resolve. He's had it in the past and it's resolved," Cherington said. "When that happens we'll get him right back out pitching again."

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