ANAHEIM, Calif. — New Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig got positive news from foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on Friday and could come off the disabled list when eligible this month.
Craig played one game with the Red Sox after being obtained from the St. Louis Cardinals and jammed his foot on first base. That led to him being disabled amid concerns the injury was related to the Lisfranc ligament tear he suffered last season. But Anderson allayed those fears.
“We’re taking every step to ramp up his baseball activities and get him back on the field as soon as possible,” manager John Farrell said Friday before the Red Sox played the Los Angeles Angels.
“The Lisfranc injury, that was still seen in the MRI that was done,” Farrell said. “But don’t feel that there were any chronic changes to what was viewed last year. Our approach is to get him playing and we’ll see if there’s adverse effect to more aggressive play.”
Craig is scheduled to rejoin the team on Saturday and will start a rehabilitation program immediately. His symptoms have subsided significantly since the initial injury, but the Red Sox wanted to proceed cautiously given his history.
Ross feeling better
David Ross, who went on the disabled list Aug. 2 with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, could start catching in the bullpen on Sunday.
“It’s feeling much better and I’m moving around pretty well,” Ross said. “I want to get back to watching and work with these pitchers, especially the younger guys.”
Ross is eligible to come off the DL Aug. 17 and is confident he will be ready..
The Red Sox called up Dan Butler to serve as the backup to Christian Vazquez. Butler is scheduled to make his first start on Monday.
Breslow backs up
Lefthander Craig Breslow was a crucial part of the bullpen last season. Counting the postseason, he appeared in 71 games and went 67 innings. He had a 1.81 earned run average in the regular season and didn’t give up a run in the Division Series or American League Championship Series.
But Breslow, who turned 34 on Friday, has been a different pitcher this season. He has a 5.01 ERA and 1.79 WHIP. In his last four outings, Breslow has allowed four runs on eight hits, three of them home runs. Two of the homers were by lefthanded hitters.
Farrell thought Breslow was “crisp” on Thursday. But Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong took him deep in the seventh inning.
“He’s gone through maybe more peaks and valleys this year than he has in probably any year in his career,” Farrell said. “But I can’t say it’s because of physical limitations at this point.’'
The heavy workload of last season may be exacting a price.
“I can’t say that’s not part of it,” Farrell said. “Some guys pitched for a month or two more than they ever have in their pro career. That’s going to have some carryover. Craig was leaned on heavily through October until a point where he physically hit a wall, particularly in St. Louis.”
With Andrew Miller and Felix Doubront traded, Breslow and Tommy Layne are the only lefthanders in the bullpen.
Wheeling and dealing
According to Tim Ruane of SABR, the four trades the Red Sox made July 31 matched the most in a single day in major league history. The Reds (June 15, 1977), Marlins (Nov. 17, 1992), Mets (July 31, 1999), and Pirates (July 21, 2006) also had four-trade days . . . Farrell on Angels center fielder Mike Trout: “Arguably he’s the best player in the game. You see the production, the athleticism. The first three years in the major leagues have been pretty remarkable. As a pure fan you like to see the best players the game has to offer and we’re going to get a chance to see that.” . . . Angels coach Gary DiSarcina, who managed Pawtucket last season, spent time with several of his former players before the game.Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.