Sweeney feels good after Portland debut

July, 5, 2012
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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- While Carl Crawford garnered most of the attention at Thursday's Portland Sea Dogs-New Hampshire Fisher Cats game, Ryan Sweeney, another rehabbing Red Sox outfielder, also took the field for Portland.

On Boston's 15-day disabled list with soreness in the sesamoid bone of his left foot, Sweeney ripped a first-inning single. As Portland's designated hitter in the No. 3 spot, he finished 1-for-4.

“The foot felt good. It's key to get out there and see some pitches, try to track some balls and just put some good swings on stuff,” Sweeney said. “You can't really look at the results, hits every time. But the first at-bat felt good.”

Sweeney displayed some fancy footwork in his second at-bat, which ended with a ground out to second base. He had to sidestep first baseman Mike McDade, New Hampshire's 6-foot 1-inch, 250-pound slugger.

“Running felt fine. Didn't want to push it too much running into the big first baseman,” Sweeney said of the near-collision at the bag. “I didn't want to try and do anything crazy, running in to that big guy, because I probably would get hurt again.”

Sweeney sounded unsure on the timetable for his return to the Red Sox. He was prepared after the game to remain with Portland at least through this weekend.

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