Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who injured himself rounding second base on an eighth-inning homer from Adrian Gonzalez on Monday night, suffered a right Achilles injury. The slugger said that he will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.
"I think I'll be all right," said Ortiz after the game.
Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine said that Ortiz likely would be out for a few days, but that the injury appeared to be limited.
"He wasn’t sure if it was going to get out, so he was going to score. It went out, he went to slow down, and pop," said Valentine. "It’s that Achilles. You know he’s had the heel, where the Achilles attaches in the back of the heel. I guess he’s had it in the past. ... David’s a little upset and a little sore, but it doesn’t look like he pulled anything or tore anything. It’s probably going to be some days, though."
While the team will be without Ortiz for at least some stretch, Valentine expressed optimism that his absence would not be of the long-term variety.
"We're not going to lose him for long, it doesn't look like," he said. "We've been playing short all year; no need to start anything new now. We're prepared for it. We're battle-ready."
Before his injury, Ortiz singled and walked in four plate appearances, extending his streak of consecutive games with at least one hit and one walk to 10, a new Red Sox record. He has an 11 game hitting streak, and his hitting .316 with a 1.024 OPS this year.
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