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Red Sox health updates (non-Cody Ross edition): Ryan Sweeney, Darnell McDonald, Ryan Kalish, Aaron Cook

05.22.12 at 8:16 pm ET
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A number of updates on the MASH unit that is the Red Sox, who now have 13 players on the disabled list:

Ryan Sweeney was placed on the seven-day disabled list while dealing with concussion symptoms. He will be eligible to come off of it as soon as Sunday, but will first have to pass a test administered by Major League Baseball to determine if he is asymptomatic.

Darnell McDonald said that he is progressing well in his return from an oblique strain. He took soft toss today, and he will take batting practice on the field on Wednesday. McDonald went on the disabled list retroactive to May 12. He will be eligible to return as soon as Sunday.

Ryan Kalish is making significant strides in his return from offseason shoulder surgery. After playing in just 24 minor league games last year — a season largely wiped out by a torn labrum and then a bulging disc in the neck that he incurred during the rehab process — Kalish is now playing games in extended spring training in Fort Myers. Barring a setback, it is possible that he could be sent out to play for a minor league affiliate around the middle of next month.

Aaron Cook was originally scheduled to throw 50 pitches in a rehab start on Tuesday, but that was pushed back after the stitches were removed from his gash, as the wound is continuing to heal. He will be re-examined when the team returns to Boston from its current eight-game roadtrip to determine a timetable for his resumption of baseball activities.

“The way that it’s cut, it’s cut in a semi-circle, and the top corner is not healing right,” said Cook. “They said stitches or no stitches, it’s just going to take a little bit of time, so I’m taking a few days off — no running, no lifting, anything like that — and when we get back to Boston, we’ll look at it again with our team doctors. … I feel healthy and strong. It’s just a matter of not doing anything stupid.”

Jason Repko had his knee examined in Boston after tweaking it while working his way back from a separated shoulder in Fort Myers. The knee checked out fine, and Repko will resume playing in Fort Myers.

– Cherington said that pitcher Mark Prior, who was signed earlier this month, is pitching on a schedule in extended spring training in Fort Myers. The team is keeping him there in order to maintain longer-than-usual intervals between outings, something that the team will continue for some time while letting the right-hander work his way back from offseason groin surgery. There are no immediate plans to send him to a minor league affiliate.

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