CHICAGO - The Red Sox added another outfielder to the disabled list Sunday, dropping Ryan Sweeney from the roster because of a fracture in his left big toe.
“I guess I was just the odd man out,’’ said Sweeney, who had appeared in the previous 18 games. Ryan Kalish was called up from Triple A Pawtucket and started in center field against the Cubs.
Sweeney said the sesamoid bone in his toe is in two pieces and causing him problems at the plate and in the field.
“It’s on my back foot when I swing. I’m kind of out in front of everything right now because I can’t sit on my back side when I hit,’’ he said. “It hurts every time I turn on it.
“It’s on the inside part of my toe, that’s where it is. It’s inflamed so bad; it’s not fair to the team for me to go out there and not be productive.’’
Sweeney said the problem has been affecting his play for about three weeks. That is reflected in his statistics. He hit .333 with an .833 OPS in his first 30 games and .217 with a .549 OPS in the last 22.
“When I saw him in the dugout in the seventh inning [on Saturday night], I had talked to him,’’ manager Bobby Valentine said. “He was moving decent in the outfield, doing everything he can. He was a trouper. He knew we needed him and we were short. It just got to a point where it was really adversely affecting his swing.’’
Sweeney is scheduled to receive a cortisone shot Monday.
“Hopefully it feels better when I run. If it doesn’t, I don’t know where it would go from there,’’ said Sweeney, who indicated offseason surgery was possible. “The bone is in two pieces. If I was a normal person and didn’t have to run on it four hours a day it might be fine. Pounding on it every day doesn’t help it at all.’’
The Red Sox have used the disabled list 19 times this season for 17 players. Seven outfielders have been on the DL.
Cody Ross started in right field for Pawtucket at Buffalo and was 0 for 4 along with being it by a pitch. But Ross took some good swings and is set to be activated Tuesday.
“Real strong report on him, everything he did,’’ Valentine said.
Ross fractured the navicular bone in his left foot May 18 in Philadelphia and has not played with the Sox since. He was hitting .271 with 8 homers and 28 RBIs over 37 games.
Carl Crawford, meanwhile, is getting close to being ready for a minor league rehabilitation assignment. The left fielder, out all season with left wrist and left elbow injuries, threw from 150 feet before the game and had plenty of zip on the ball.
“There’s some plans for Carl,’’ said Valentine, who wouldn’t go into detail. “He needs to throw a little further and be sure that the pain is gone. It’s either not going to keep occurring or he has to get comfortable with that.’’
Crawford was initially out while recovering from wrist surgery, then partially tore a ligament in his elbow.
Rest for Gonzalez
Adrian Gonzalez didn’t protest when Valentine told him Saturday night (via bench coach Tim Bogar) that he wouldn’t be in the starting lineup for the final game of the series.
Gonzalez, who started the first 65 games, was in a 10-for-50 slump. He also has been playing more right field than first base. He didn’t get the whole night off, though. Valentine sent him up to hit for Scott Atchison in the ninth with the Sox ahead, 7-3, and two runners on. Gonzalez struck out, dropping his average to .260.
“He’s done everything we’ve asked. For him to give any inkling that a day is needed and me not to receive the message would be something I regret,’’ Valentine said.
When Gonzalez came in the clubhouse, he sat down next to Will Middlebrooks, who has been squeezed out of the lineup lately. “You’re a pro at this, what do I do?’’ Gonzalez said.
Days off are rare for Gonzalez. From 2006-11 he played in 958 of a possible 972 games.
Sox owner John Henry, who was at Wrigley Field for the series, took to Twitter Sunday for the first time since March 6.
His first message was a photo of the Chicago skyline and a comment on the good weather.
Henry then posted a photo of people walking in a shadow reflected in the popular Chicago sculpture “The Bean’’ in Millennium Park. The accompanying text said, “Sox season thus far.’’
The meaning wasn’t clear. Is Henry seeing a reflection of last season? A distorted reality? Or something else?
An e-mail was sent to the owner seeking clarification. He responded, “Maybe Munch’s ‘The Scream’ would be better?’’
Bard heats up
Daniel Bard threw two more scoreless innings for Pawtucket. The righthander pitched the seventh and eighth of a 6-1 win at Buffalo. He allowed two hits without a walk and struck out two. Bard has thrown four scoreless innings in his last two outings, walking one and striking out six. Pawtucket broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith reported that Bard hit 96 miles per hour with his fastball . . . According to Baseball America, the Red Sox signed their No. 1 draft pick, Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero, to a $2.05 million bonus . . . Kalish wore No. 70. He will get No. 55 (which he wore in 2010) Tuesday . . . Players on both teams wore light blue ribbons and wristbands on Father’s Day to raise awareness of prostate cancer.Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.