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Yay, Ortiz back for the final stretch...

Postby benb18a » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:36 pm

And then aggravates his achilles, possibly shut down for 2012 after playing one game :~( :~( :~( :~( wrote:Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was out of the lineup for the second game in a row Sunday against the Royals at Fenway Park.

Ortiz, who returned to the lineup after missing 35 games with a strained right Achilles' tendon, could possibly be headed back to the disabled list after playing one game in Friday's' 4-3 victory in the opener of this four-game series against the Royals.

"Talked to him late [Saturday] night about 12:30 and he didn't think today would be a good day to play,'' Sox manager Bobby Valentine said before Sunday's game.

Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a double and 2-RBI. He gave the Sox a 2-0 lead when he hit a two-run single in his first at-bat. On his second plate appearance, Ortiz doubled and felt some discomfort in his heel as he rounded first base.

He missed Saturday's 10-9 loss in 12 innings and was out of the lineup Sunday.

Asked if the team had reached a crossroads where it had to weigh and measure the risks of continuing to allow Ortiz to play or to shut him down for the season, Valentine replied, "We're probably there. We're just going to give it a couple of days to see. He said the practice and game [conditions] is just that little difference in adrenaline that differentiates it.

"When he hit the double and he turned it, he turned to second, he said it was uncomfortable, where he was comfortable doing those things in practice. We're definitely not going to do anything to jeopardize David's career. David totally wants to do everything he can to be a part of this team for this year and for the future, so that's what we're dealing with.''
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