Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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In what can be described only as the worst-kept secret in the Boston Red Sox's clubhouse, manager Bobby Valentine admitted Sunday that David Ortiz almost certainly will be shut down for the duration of the season. "I would assume so," Valentine said. Ortiz has returned to wearing a protective boot on his right foot after aggravating his strained right Achilles tendon on Aug. 24. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection nearly two weeks ago but has not yet resumed baseball activities. Ortiz was initially injured July 16. He missed 35 games before returning for one game in which he experienced a setback while legging out a double. Ortiz won't rule out a return in the season's final weeks, although he intends to abide by the advice of doctors. He's expected to get the protective boot removed Tuesday. "It all depends on what the doctor says, what they think will be the right thing to do, and like I told them, I just don't want to have no more setbacks," Ortiz said. "I want...
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