Red Sox catcher David Ross transferred to 60-day DL

USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox needed a 40-man roster spot, and Ross' concussion sadly gave them an option for one.

The Red Sox optioned Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A Pawtucket, and called up Brandon Snyder to replace his spot on Boston's 25-man big-league roster. Snyder wasn't on the 40-man, though, so the Red Sox had to clear a spot for him there. In order to do so, the Red Sox announced that they have added catcher David Ross to the 60-day disabled list.

Ross has been suffering from his second concussion of 2013, and was recently sent home to Florida to recuperate after visiting with concussion specialist Dr. Michael Collins in Pittsburgh. His next scheduled appointment with Collins isn't until early July, but given Ross is now on the 60-day DL and won't be eligible to return to the Red Sox until mid-August, it's safe to say they aren't optimistic about the upcoming diagnosis.

Ryan Lavarnway is on the Red Sox in Ross' stead, and if he can't cut it as the backup backstop, Boston can either call up Dan Butler, who is on the 40-man and would provide, at the least, reliable defense and control of the pitching staff, or they could make a trade before next month's non-waiver trade deadline. Lavarnway has seen his offense decline over the last two years as his workload behind the plate has increased, but has managed to play well in his first five games in the bigs of 2013.

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