BOSTON -- The Red Sox are looking outside the organization for outfield help, baseball sources confirmed to MLB.com on Sunday. One source cautioned, however, that teams often do not want to unload players this time of year.
Jacoby Ellsbury's partially dislocated right shoulder -- an injury the Red Sox still do not know the extent of -- and Carl Crawford's recovery from left wrist surgery and sore left elbow leave the Sox with only two healthy outfielders who reached 100 big league games played last season: Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney. Were Crawford and Ellsbury healthy, Ross and Sweeney would likely be platoon players.
Sweeney, a left-handed hitter, sat Sunday against Rays lefty Matt Moore. The right-handed-hitting Ross was in right field Sunday, with Jason Repko, who was called up before the game, in center and Darnell McDonald in left.
The only other healthy outfielder the Red Sox have on their 40-man roster is Che-Hsuan Lin, whom manager Bobby Valentine said is not ready to contribute with the bat at the big league level and who was demoted Sunday morning after one day in the Majors. Ryan Kalish, who posted a .252 average with four homers and 24 RBIs while playing 53 games in 2010 while Ellsbury was sidelined with a rib injury, is on the club's 60-day disabled list.
A lot may depend on whether Ellsbury needs surgery or will miss an extended time without surgery. Swelling in his shoulder needs to go down before further tests are done, and Sunday marks 48 hours since he was hurt sliding into second base during Friday's home opener vs. the Rays.
Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.