BOSTON -- The Red Sox plan to activate catcher David Ross on Wednesday according to manager John Farrell. Ross has been on the disabled list since Aug. 2 with right plantar fasciitis.
On Monday, Farrell indicated that Ross may be activated Tuesday based on the results of his work catching bullpens and throwing to each base that day. However, the team opted to give Ross one more day of work instead.
“He’s gone through another day of early work today,” Farrell said. “Fully expect him to come out of this fine.”
In Ross’ absence, Christian Vazquez has handled the majority of the catching duties, starting in 12 of the team’s last 15 games and drawing praise from Farrell regarding his durability.
“He hasn’t shown any endurance issues,” Farrell said. “Even catching 19 innings one night [Aug. 9] -- he was dog tired afterward, but he’s handled the workload very well.”
Farrell said Vazquez will continue handling most games while the team eases Ross back into a timeshare with the rookie catcher.
“Part of it is getting David back into game shape,” Farrell said. “He’s ready to take on the game, don’t get me wrong, but there might be an additional day of recovery time built into his reps behind the plate. We’ll see how his foot responds to the play. The goal would be to have David catch a greater number of games per week than two, which would be the initial approach.”
Rest for Cespedes: Tuesday marks an off day for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, as the slugger imported from Oakland at the trade deadline has started every game since coming over to Boston. In his place, Daniel Nava will serve as the team’s left fielder while Brock Holt will see a day in right field.
Farrell said the day off isn’t related to the hand and shin contusions Cespedes suffered last week, but he mentioned that Cespedes could still be feeling the effects of such.
“He’s fully recovered to the point where I don’t think it’s hindering him. I’m sure he still feels it somewhat,” Farrell said. “Since being inserted in the lineup, he’s been on the field almost every inning. Today is just a response to a day in which he needs a down day.”
In his 15 games with Boston, Cespedes has put together a .219/.231/.406 slash line with three home runs and 12 RBIs.
Craig evaluated: A day after beginning his rehab with Triple-A Pawtucket, Allen Craig (foot) returned to Fenway on Tuesday for a day of evaluation and batting practice with the team. Craig will return to Pawtucket on Wednesday night, where he will serve as the team’s right fielder.
Craig went 0-for-2 with a walk as designated hitter in Monday’s game with the PawSox.
“Today his evaluation was consistent with what it was last night,” Farrell said. “He came out of it fine physically.”