The Boston Red Sox placed catcher David Ross on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after he hobbled off the field in pain the night prior. They’ve called up rookie Dan Butler who’ll replace Ross for the foreseeable future.
Ross has always suffered from plantar fasciitis. He had a serious flare up Friday night in Boston’s game opposite New York. Ross pulled up when running down to first base. He was unable to put weight on his right heel. Christian Vazquez was brought in to replace him.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful disorder of the insertion site of ligament on the bone in the heel area. It’s characterized by inflammation, scarring and structural breakdown. The ailment is said to be caused by increases in exercise and age. Ross is 37 years old.
“The 15 days should hopefully help this quiet down to the point of him returning,” said manage John Farrell of Ross’ injury.
Butler has never appeared in a Major League game, but he does have prior experience catching several members of the Red Sox pitching staff. He caught Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and Brandon Workman in Pawtucket.
The 27-year-old was hitting .227 with four homers and 28 RBIs in 76 games prior to the promotion.
The club began spring training with two catchers who were both 37 years old. Boston will now move forward with a pair of rookie catchers, but the good news is that they are both well acquainted with each starting pitcher.
Boston also has catching prospect Blake Swihart in the system. He’s highly regarded though, likely a ways off from impacting the team.