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07/17/2012 - 1:23am
Sox waiting on Ortiz DL decision

While an MRI confirmed that Red Sox DH David Ortiz does not have a tear of his right Achilles, the slugger is currently in a walking boot, and he reported feeling worse when he woke up today than he did upon suffering the injury while rounding second base on Adrian Gonzalez' homer on Monday night. He plans to go to Miami on Wednesday for a second opinion.

Ortiz said that he expected that he would miss at least a week. The Red Sox plan to wait until Wednesday to decide whether or not to place him on the 15-day disabled list.

"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...

07/17/2012 - 1:19am
Source: Ortiz' Achilles not ruptured or torn

According to an industry source, an MRI on Tuesday revealed that Red Sox slugger David Ortiz suffered neither a rupture nor a tear of his right Achilles tendon on Monday night against the White Sox. The slugger appeared to pull up as he switched from a sprint to a jog when Adrian Gonzalez' three-run homer cleared the Green Monster, and he hobbled around the bases from that point, moving at a slow walk as he crossed the plate. But Ortiz said as he left Fenway Park on Monday night that he thought he would be all right, and manager Bobby Valentine's expectation that the DH probably would be lost for a few games -- but not much longer -- appears to be accurate. The source said that Ortiz is likely down for a few days, but it appears a more serious injury has been avoided.

Ortiz has at least one hit and one walk in 10 straight games, a new Red Sox record. He has an 11-game hitting streak, and is hitting .316 with a 1.024 OPS this year.

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07/17/2012 - 1:11am
Source: Sox not actively pursuing Dempster

A major league source denied a report that the Red Sox are "aggressive in the pursuit of Ryan Dempster." To the contrary, the source suggested, the Sox have not been pursuing the right-hander actively.

Dempster is 5-3 with a 1.86 ERA in 14 starts this year for the Cubs, and he currently has a scoreless innings streak of 33 innings. For now, however, the Red Sox -- whose starters have produced a 4.71 ERA, a mark that ranks 26th among the 30 big league teams -- are taking more of a wait-and-see approach to the trade market for starting pitching, at a time when they are trying to determine whether the excellent performances by Franklin Morales and Aaron Cook in short samples as rotation members are sustainable.

The Cubs right-hander represents a pure rental, as he will be eligible for free agency following the season. Under the new rules of the...

07/16/2012 - 10:39pm
Ortiz injures Achilles, MRI set for Tuesday

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...

07/16/2012 - 9:53pm
Gonzalez homers, Ortiz hurt in win

Adrian Gonzalez launched a three-run homer over the Green Monster in the bottom of the eighth to lead the Red Sox over Kevin Youkilis and the White Sox, 5-1, Monday night at Fenway Park. The win might have been costly as David Ortiz, who was rounding second base as the ball was clearing the wall, appeared to tweak his leg. He hobbled home just behind Carl Crawford, who worked a leadoff walk to start the rally. 

Ortiz, who broke Ted Williams' 1950 record of nine consecutive games with at least one hit and one walk with a walk in the eighth, made his way immediately down the tunnel and to the Red Sox clubhouse. 

As he stepped in for his first at-bat, Youkilis received a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful and stepped out of the batter's box to tip his helmet to the crowd. Cook stepped to the back of the mound to allow Youkilis to enjoy his moment from the fans. Moments later, Youkilis ripped a pitch from Cook to center for his first...

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