BOSTON -- Red Sox catcher David Ross has been on the disabled list for 10 weeks with a concussion and post-concussive symptoms, and whether he is able to play again this season remains very much an open question.
But Ross's return to the Sox clubhouse Thursday was a welcome sight, and he was grateful to be back. On the recommendation of doctors, the 36-year-old Ross has spent his time recovering at home in Tallahassee, Fla. He doesn't question the wisdom of that decision.
"Yeah, I think it definitely helped me turn off the baseball side of it," he said. "I think I needed to calm down my brain and have not many distractions. I know early on it stunk to be away, but I knew home was the right place.
"About a week ago I felt like I was getting better and I think I was tired of not being here. I wanted to get back to some normalcy. Being around the guys, just basically being back where I feel normal.
"I feel at home here. I love being around these guys, I love talking with them about baseball. I just like being back. They've welcomed me back with open arms and I'm glad to be back. I think it's a great team to be a part of. Good place to come to work every day."
Ross has not yet resumed baseball activity, and isn't expected to any time soon, at least none of any intensity.
"The baseball activity will increase gradually," manager John Farrell said. "I would guess that he outlined to you that [he will] be with us during the early part of the day and up to three innings per night, just to start to get in and around all the commotion, the noise, all the other activity that goes along with that.
"There's going to be throwing and some conditioning that goes into his daily work. But the tolerance, we'll monitor daily and how we progress forward. His addition back in our clubhouse, this is one of the most respected guys in our clubhouse. He's full of life and energy. I think for some of the younger guys, there might be a little bit of a calming influence just based on what he's experienced."