Notebook: Ortiz still limping, return on hold

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Notebook: Ortiz still limping, return on hold

BOSTON -- David Ortiz is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, but prior to the game Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park, he said he won't be returning that soon.

Ortiz walked into the Red Sox clubhouse with a slight limp in his right leg, where he's dealing with an Achilles strain. He even took batting practice on the field with the rest of his teammates. But before stepping into the cage, he admitted to still feeling pain in his Achilles. And until that pain goes away, he won't be playing.

"It's not going to be tomorrow," said Ortiz on Tuesday. "I'm still limping a little bit when I walk. I've got to be pain free before I start running.

"When the pain goes away," he said. "I have to make sure I'm pain-free."

Outfielder Ryan Sweeney's season is "close" to being over, according to Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. Sweeney punched a door after grounding out in the eighth inning on Monday night and had an operation on his fractured left pinkie knuckle on Tuesday. Ryan Kalish has been called up in his place.

"He made pretty good contact last night," said Valentine. "They had to straighten out his little knuckle. He'll be out for a while.

"Well, you know, boys will be boys," added Valentine. "The door that he happened to hit has been dented. It wasn't the first time. He just went at it in the wrong direction."

Reliever Scott Atchison will get another opinion on his injured right elbow, and according to Valentine, doctors think he has a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Shortstop Mike Aviles had an MRI on his turf toe, as well as an injection on Tuesday. The MRI showed exactly what they expected.

"I think he's going to feel OK," said Valentine. "The MRI exposed the situation to what we thought it was, turf toe.

"It's not as though if he ran out there, he'd damage it, but it might hurt if he ran out there."

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.