The Flu Of 2017 has struck again. It got multiple people in the clubhouse towards the end of spring training, with the most notable victim being Mitch Moreland. The first baseman was down for about a week with the illness. On Wednesday, both Mookie Betts and Brock Holt were held out of action because of it. Robbie Ross was also out on Wednesday, and apparently his case is bad enough that he’s being placed on the disabled list. Deven Marrero has been called up to take his spot on the roster.
Red Sox place Robbie Ross, Jr. on the DL with the flu. Deven Marrero recalled.— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) April 6, 2017
Ross hasn’t appeared in a game this season, so they can backdate this stint back to April 3. That means he will be eligible to return next Thursday when the Red Sox and Pirates make up the game that was schedule for today.
If you’re confused about all the movement over the last 24 hours, you are not alone. Here’s a quick recap:
- Matt Barnes was placed on bereavement leave, and will miss between three and seven games. Noe Ramirez takes his spot in the bullpen.
- Xander Bogaerts was placed on bereavement leave, and will miss between three and seven games. Marco Hernandez takes his spot on the roster.
- Robbie Ross was placed on the 10-day disabled list with the flu. Deven Marrero takes his spot on the roster.
My guess would be that Ramirez will be sent back down to Pawtucket as soon as Barnes returns to the team, and Marrero will head back when Bogaerts returns. We’ll see what happens, though, and if this flu claims any more victims.