For the first time since suffering a pair of concussions earlier in the season injured Red Sox catcher David Ross says he’s finally been feeling normal for the last two weeks and he’ll continue his minor league rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox for the next few days. After two rehab games with Double-A Portland Ross started for the PawSox on Tuesday night and went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts against the Louisville Bats at McCoy Stadium. As scheduled Ross caught five innings and was replaced by Dan Butler in the top of the sixth inning. Ross will catch five innings again during Pawtucket's noon game on Wednesday. He’ll then have a day off and catch nine innings in consecutive games. Then concussion specialist Dr. Micky Collins will examine Ross before he’s cleared to return to the Red Sox. “Yeah it’s nice to be back playing in general” Ross said. “It’s fun to be back around the guys where you can contribute a little bit. I feel good so it’s about getting back in playing shape get my feet under me doing all the drills I need to do and game stuff I need.” Defensively Ross looked sharp on Tuesday. With knuckleballer Charlie Haeger on the mound for Pawtucket Ross threw out Louisville speedster Billy Hamilton attempting to steal second in the top of the first inning during the PawSox’s 5-1 win over the Bats. “Billy Hamilton is a tremendous base-stealer and he proved it last year. This year he’s got 60-something bags so that’s what big-league catchers do" manager Gary DiSarcina said. "It wasn’t a perfect throw but he had such good timing with his foot work his transfer with a knuckleball glove in his hand so quick transfer quick foot work one-hop bounce it was on the money.” Ross suffered the first concussion and needed a stay on the DL from May 12-24. He returned and played only eight games for the Red Sox before landing back on the DL on June 18.
Ross making slow and steady progress
ESPN Boston | Aug 14