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The latest on Cody Ross’ foot

05.22.12 at 9:06 pm ET

BALTIMORE — For a while on Tuesday, the Red Sox permitted the embers of hope to get stoked. Cody Ross reported significant improvement in how his fractured foot felt, and so the team held off on placing him on the disabled list while seeking a second opinion (after he’d been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone on his left foot in Boston on Monday) from Dr. Lew Schon in Baltimore.

Why would a foot fracture feel better so quickly? It seemed possible that the injury was pre-existing, in which case, the timetable for his recovery might be accelerated significantly.

“They’€™re just trying to make a determination, whether it’€™s an old crack or a new one and what kind of jeopardy he might put himself in if he didn’€™t stay in that boot for 10 days,” Sox manager Bobby Valentine said before the game. “At worst case, it’€™s not as bad as we thought it was yesterday. At best case, it’€™s much better. At worst case, it seems like it’€™s a couple of weeks, rather than multiples [of that]. … I think with Cody, I’€™d be excited if it was two weeks.”

Yet after Schon and the Red Sox’ medical staff in Boston reviewed the MRIs on the outfielder, a determination was made that it was indeed a new fracture of his foot. As such, Ross was placed on the disabled list. He will remain in his walking boot to prevent him from putting too much weight on the appendage, and Sox GM Ben Cherington tried to suppress expectations that Ross could follow an extremely rapid course in his return from the DL.

“He’€™s felt better everyday since it happened and that he’€™s able to put more weight on it. The concern is that since we believe it’€™s a new crack, if he loads too much on it right now, there’€™s a risk of it getting worse. So even though he feels better, we’€™ve got to do the right thing and let it heal first,” Cherington said of the decision. “We’€™ve got to get him out of the boot first, then figure out where he is. We’€™re optimistic that he’€™s feeling better every day. Hopefully [his return is] towards the earlier part of that [initial six- to eight-week] range, but we’€™ll see.”

Ross is hitting .271 with a .349 OBP, .534 slugging mark and .883 OPS, along with eight homers and 28 RBI.

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