Ryan Sweeney Undergoing Treatment for Left Quad Strain, Hopes to Return Within a Few Days

Ryan Sweeney Undergoing Treatment for Left Quad Strain, Hopes to Return Within a Few DaysFORT MYERS, Fla. — Most Red Sox players relaxed during Wednesday's scheduled off day. Ryan Sweeney, meanwhile, returned to JetBlue Park to receive more treatment for his left quad strain.

Before Monday's game against the Marlins, the outfielder admitted that his legs were feeling sore. But when he chased Emilio Bonifacio's double in the first inning, Sweeney experienced a much sharper pain.

"I ran after it and felt it kind of spasm a little bit," Sweeney said. "Then it was tight and when I was up to bat, I did that check swing and fouled the ball back and I felt it twinge then too. So I was like, 'I might not be able to run very good right' and I told them, 'If I get on base, I don't want to steal.' Then it got worse. Then when I came in they were like, 'You’re done.'"

The 27-year-old has been shut down ever since the game. A candidate to start the year in right field, Sweeney intends to resume hitting Friday, but doesn't have a plan to start running quite yet.

"It feels better today than it did yesterday, so it's one of those day-by-day [situations]," Sweeney said. "Nobody wants to be hurt, but it's one of those things where I don't want to push it because I'd rather it be right now, then during the season. I just need it to be to the point where I can run and get it back to normal."

If all goes according to plan for Sweeney, he’s targeting a return "in the next three, four or five days, hopefully."

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