A day after the Red Sox outfielder punched a door — out of frustration — he underwent an operation to repair his fractured knuckle. Due to the severity of the injury, it forced the team to place him on the disabled list and promote Ryan Kalish.
"It's going to be close from what I gather," Bobby Valentine said of the possibility of a season-ending injury. "Boys will be boys. The door that he happened to hit is dented, so it wasn't the first time. He just must have went at it at the wrong direction. It had multiple whacks to it."
Since Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was busy fielding and proposing deals on the market recently, he never had a chance to speak with Sweeney about the incident. But Cherington said he was disappointed about the circumstances.
"Ryan has been a good teammate, a good guy in the clubhouse and played hard all year," Cherington said. "Played through some injuries early in the year when we needed him to. I don’t want to make more out of it than what it is — a mistake."
During 63 games with Boston this season, Sweeney hit .260 with 19 doubles, 16 RBIs and no home runs.