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Red Sox Place Ryan Sweeney on DL

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Apr 23, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Boston Red Sox right fielder Ryan Sweeney (12) hits a double in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Red Sox won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 23, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Boston Red Sox right fielder Ryan Sweeney (12) hits a double in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Red Sox won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Sensing their outfield depth wasn't quite depleted enough, the Boston Red Sox placed Ryan Sweeney on the disabled list last night with a foot injury.

Sweeney hits the DL with "irritation in the sesamoid bone" of his left foot, reports Ian Browne of MLB.com. The 27-year-old had been playing on the injury for a while, but Boston decided it made more sense to give him the chance to make a full recovery. Sweeney received a cortisone shot to alleviate the pain that will keep him off his feet for several days.

The lefty outfielder is hitting .292/.330/.404 with 17 doubles but no home runs in 52 games this year, splitting his time between center and left field.

The Red Sox now have a full basketball squad of outfielders on the DL, with Sweeney joining Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Cody Ross and Jason Repko all among the maimed.

Ryan Kalish, who was promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket in Sweeney's stead, drove in the go ahead run in last night's victory against the Cubs.