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David Ross appears headed to disabled list after likely tearing plantar fascia

08.01.14 at 11:44 pm ET
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According to team sources, it is believed David Ross has ruptured the plantar fascia in his right foot. The injury, which occurred while the catcher was running to first base on a sixth-inning ground out, will most likely land the catcher on the 15-day disabled list.

The rupture is actually a positive development for Ross, who has been dealing with plantar fasciitis for some time. (He believed the injury cropped up after over-compensating for an ankle injury suffered in mid-May.) The only way for the injury to heal is for the tendon to rupture, a reality Ross was introduced when experiencing the injury in 2007.

The healing process for such an injury varies, but typically takes several weeks to recover from.

After the Red Sox‘ 4-3 win over the Yankees, manager John Farrell was non-committal regarding the injury.

“We’€™ll evaluate him tomorrow. Looks like he’€™s got some pain in that plantar fascia tendon,” Farrell said. “We’€™ll take a look at him tomorrow to make any determination at that point.”

Ross said after aggravating the injury July 22 that he was hoping such an occurrence would take place at some point as to start the healing process.

‘€œIn the offseason I ruptured it and that’€™€s what they do when they do surgery, they just go in and cut it,’€ he said after that game in Toronto. ‘€œSo I ruptured it and it hasn’€™t been a problem since. I was running today with the intent of letting that thing blow out. It would feel a lot better if it would.’€

Dan Butler, who is on the Red Sox‘€™ 40-man roster, was pulled from the Pawtucket Red Sox‘€™ game Friday night. It is likely that the 27-year-old will replace Ross on the active roster.

Butler has never played in the major leagues, having compiled a .222 batting average, and .637 OPS with four home runs in 75 games.

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