TORONTO -- Expect Boston's brass to spend time during Monday's off-day discussing upcoming roster decisions. Outfielder Darnell McDonald could be ready to be activated by Tuesday, and Cody Ross (fractured navicular bone in his left foot) also might resurface in the near future.
With the outfield getting healthy again, the Red Sox will have to decide if it still makes sense to play Adrian Gonzalez in right field while deploying Kevin Youkilis and Will Middlebrooks at the corner positions.
Since coming off the disabled list on May 22, Youkilis is hitting .314 with a .543 slugging percentage. Middlebrooks, since his callup from Pawtucket on May 2, is hitting .314 with six homers, 22 RBIs and a .559 slugging percentage.
In other words, even though the Red Sox couldn't have asked any more out of Middlebrooks, he might be optioned back to Pawtucket in the near future if manager Bobby Valentine starts running out of ways to get him in the lineup.
Meanwhile, Youkilis continues to surface in trade rumors, with CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman posting Sunday that the Dodgers, Phillies and D-backs are among the teams showing early interest in Youkilis.
What will the Red Sox do with their logjam?
"There's not a lot of hypothetical talk," said Valentine. "There's talk about where we are and what we have at this present time. I guess [general manager] Ben [Cherington] is having a lot of, you know, thoughts, about the roster, because the roster is pretty complicated. It's going to continue to be challenging."