David Ortiz said prior to the Red Sox' game against the White Sox Tuesday that after undergoing an MRI on his injured right achilles tendon earlier in the day, it was determined that he will wear a protective boot for a week and then be reevaluated after that. Ortiz will, however, fly to Miami either Tuesday or Wednesday to get a second opinion, which will be conducted by Miami Heat team doctor Harlan Selesnick.
Ortiz said the team was going to wait until after the results of the second opinion before deciding on whether or not the designated hitter would go on the 15-day disabled list. It has been determined that there is no tear or rupture to the achilles.
The DH said while the injury is in the same area as the spot he was struck with bursitis last August (missing nine games), it was not the same injury.
Ortiz also said that he was initially very concerned when first feeling the pain while rounding second base during Adrian Gonzalez' eighth-inning home run Monday.
"I was worried about because it got really sore," said Ortiz, who underwent the MRI at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday. "I never felt that pain before. I didn't think it was too bad, but I knew it was going to keep me out for a while."
Ortiz leads the American League in OPS at 1.024 while also hitting .316 with 23 homers in 89 games.
"I talked with some of the medical staff, they thought the 24-hour wait at least is something that gives you a different opinion sometimes. We’ll wait at least the 24 hours and probably into [Wednesday], maybe until we get a second opinion," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.
Valentine said that he was not concerned about a short bench, particularly given that such circumstances have become very familiar for the Red Sox this year.
"I think most teams do it, so we have weathered the storm I think. I don’t think the players are affected by it at all," he said. "I just deal with it as if someone came out of the game in the first inning with a hamstring or something and you’re playing the rest of the game."
For now, Valentine suggested, he plans to mix and match at DH in Ortiz's absence.
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