By Jeff Louderback
Mired in a slump and frustrated when Tigers second base robbed him off a base hit in the eighth inning on Monday night, Red Sox outfielder Ryan Sweeney returned to the dugout, punched a door, injured his hand and was replaced by Cody Ross.
MRI results on Tuesday indicated that Sweeney broke a bone in his hand and will miss eight weeks. He was placed on the disabled list, and Ryan Kalish was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. Sweeney was 0-for-4 on Monday and is 2-for-28 (.071) over his last 10 games. Overall, he is batting .260 with no home runs, 16 RBI and a .675 OPS.
Sweeney, who is the 23rd Red Sox player to land on the DL this season, has contributed little at the plate, but he is a plus defensive outfielder who can play all three spots. Of course, the 24-year-old Kalish can proficiently play all three outfield positions as well, and he is a significantly better hitter than Sweeney, who was drawing trade interest from teams like the Cincinnati Reds.
Kalish hit .217 in a short stint with the Red Sox earlier this season, but he has since regained his hitting stroke at Pawtucket after missing much of last year and the first part of this season recovering from shoulder and neck surgeries.
At Pawtucket, the left-handed hitting Kalish was hitting .307 with four home runs, 12 RBI, six stolen bases and a .922 OPS in 75 at-bats.