David Ross has been on the 7-day disabled list - designed exclusively for concussion - since May 12th. It looks like he may finally be making some progress, though. Ross is expected to start for the Red Sox Double-A affiliate in Portland, Maine. The start will be part of a rehab assignment designed to test Ross' recovery and determine if there are any lingering affects from the concussion.
Maureen Mullen of CSN Northeast says the Red Sox will determine whether Ross needs another rehab start based on the results of his start today. If there are no ongoing symptoms and Ross looks ready to play, he could rejoin the Red Sox by the weekend. However, if there are issues, Ross will stay on the DL.
As we've seen in the past with players like Justin Morneau of the Twins, concussion symptoms can linger for a long time. Teams are treating these injuries with far more caution than they used to. Major League Baseball has been one of the earliest adopters of the belief that concussions need to be handled with more care - and different care - than other injuries. Other sports are following suit.
Ross suffered the concussion on May 7th when he and Will Middlebrooks collided. They were both pursuing a shallow pop up in foul territory when they collided. Both Middlebrooks and Ross had to leave the game. Ross took the brunt of the impact and suffered the more significant injury.
So far this season, Ross is hitting .209/.320/.512 with four home runs in 15 games. He was signed this past offseason after spending the last four seasons with the Atlanta Braves.
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