Criticism from the media doesn’t affect the way David Ortiz plays. A sore oblique, however, is a different story. And Big Papi revealed last night that that’s the reason for his week-long slump.
AP Photo/Charles Krupa
John Farrell said that Ortiz’s bench time during Sunday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays was just a routine day off, but apparently there was a bit more to it.
“It’s been like that for a while,” Ortiz after last night's game. “That’s why I’ve been pulling everything, it feels like. Hopefully it doesn’t get any worse.” Ortiz also said he believes that muscle flared on a swing during the Texas Rangers series.
At 37 years old, Ortiz is getting up there in baseball player years. After getting some rest for the first three weeks of April for sore heels, Papi came back strong, continuing the hitting streak he held at the end of last season. But during the past week or so, he has faltered, going 2-for-18 against the Minnesota Twins and 1