BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox outfielder Ryan Sweeney is expected to miss the rest of the season after fracturing his left knuckle when he punched a door.
Boston placed him on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and recalled outfielder Ryan Kalish from Pawtucket. Right-handed reliever Clayton Mortensen also was recalled from the Triple-A team.
Asked if Sweeney would miss the rest of the season, general manager Ben Cherington said, "it seems that way."
Sweeney, batting .260 with no homers in 63 games, underwent surgery on the knuckle of his left pinkie on Tuesday. He was hurt Monday night when he punched the door after returning to the dugout following his groundout in his fourth at-bat of Boston's 7-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. Cody Ross finished the game in right field.
"Disappointing in how it happened. I know Ryan feels badly about it. Ryan's been a good teammate," Cherington said. "I don't want to make more out of it than what it is, which was a mistake."
Manager Bobby Valentine said he took Sweeney out of the game when the player told him he had trouble throwing.
"Boys will be boys," Valentine said. "The door that he happened to hit was dented, so it wasn't the first time."
Kalish is back for his second stint with Boston this year. In 18 games in June and July he hit .217 with five RBIs.
Mortensen had a 1.33 ERA in nine games with the Red Sox before going to Pawtucket, where was 5-3 with a 1.77 ERA.
The Red Sox also removed right-hander Chris Carpenter from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Pawtucket.
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