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That two year deal the Red Sox gave David Ortiz is already not looking good.
David Ortiz will not be ready for opening day. I know shocker. After what seemed to be a rewarding offseason for the slugger getting a new 2 year deal he had been long waiting for, his achilles and heals will not be healed for opening day. This injury happened in July running out a double and then flared up for a one game return. I’m not saying Ortiz came into camp out of shape but how long will this injury effect the slugger who is expected to be a big part of the middle of the Red Sox lineup?
Many people were skeptical of the two year deal the Red Sox gave Ortiz and saw it as a public relations move as he got three one year deals in a row in past offseasons. Why give him a two year deal at age 37, when he is one of the only true designated hitters in the league? Throw him in the Christmas at Fenway commercials and make him the main part of the Red Sox brand and bring the fans back. I was one of the p...
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David Ortiz has tried to come back from this injury several times before. This time, he’s going to take it slow and steady.
Ortiz says he’s opting for rest, including taking some anti-inflammatory medicine, to help deal with persistent pain and inflammation in his heel as he continues to come back from an Achilles injury suffered last July.
“Opening Day was my goal,” Ortiz...
It’s still early yet in the spring, and already the Red Sox are dealing with a couple major injury headaches.
While shortstop Stephen Drew is still suffering concussion symptoms, the even bigger worry for Boston is Big Papi. The Sox’ designated hitter basically missed the last two months of 2012 with an issue with his Achilles heel, and now it’s both heels that are said to...
Making sure David Ortiz is healthy is far more important than having him rush back for Opening Day. Looking at this roster his absence will be felt more than it would have been in recent years. For the first time since 2007 or 2008, Big Papi is being relief upon to carry the offense.
This also ties into the narrative that giving Ortiz a two-year deal is as Gary Tanguay said, "...
[caption id="attachment_58527" align="aligncenter" width="300"] It is unlikely that David Ortiz will be ready for Opening Day 2013 (Photo credit - CBSSports.com)[/caption] It was July 16, 2012. The Boston Red Sox were facing the Chicago White Sox in a midsummer match-up of two American League teams. One of whom was struggling to find its identity...
With the looming long absence of designated hitter David Ortiz the Red Sox are currently exploring players within their organization that could take the place of Ortiz while he is recovering from injury. One of the most recent paths that the manager John Farrell is exploring is right handed hitter and catcher Ryan Lavarnway. With the addition of David Ross in the offseason it was...
By now I'm sure everyone has heard the bad news regarding David Ortiz; the Red Sox DH will likely be out until past Opening Day. Well, with the news coming out this morning, manager John Farrell had some explaining to do. Upon reiterating that although Ortiz is not experiencing pain in the same Achilles tendon that ended his season last year, the slugger is struggling with the...
For the last 10 years David Ortiz has been a staple in the Red Sox offense. On April 1st he may not step into the batters box and be the DH for the team due to injury. Ortiz has not yet played in a game all spring training and is still not able to participate in running drills in consecutive days. To learn more about what Farell said about Ortiz's recent setback click here. So...
Fresh off the news of the David Ortiz injury that already left all of Red Sox Nation with a headache, Mike Napoli had a quick scare as well. In the third inning of yesterday's exhibition game against the Miami Marlins, Napoli took a fastball from Kevin Slowey right on his left wrist.
Teammates, coaches, and even John Henry who was watching from the stands felt their hearts...
Soon it will be time for players to focus on the real thing, so get your autographs while you can.
Spring training is almost at its half way point and before you know it, it’s going to be April 1 and games will begin to have meaning again. Until then, spring training offers the players a time to sharpen up before the season starts and it gives the fans a good glimpse at everyone...