BOSTON David Ortiz received an injection today, hoping to alleviate the pain in his right heel from a strained Achilles tendon.
Manager Bobby Valentine was unsure what effect the injection would have on Ortizs return to the lineup.
Without Ortiz, though, the Red Sox have gone 8-19
Theres no way of measuring Ortizs absence, Valentine said. But when you play without Dustin or you play without Mike Aviles or Jacoby Ellsbury or whomever, you do it. Thats what big league teams do. You play through those things.
Ortiz has been on the disabled list since July 17. Valentine was unsure if the designated hitter is now days away from a return, or weeks away.
Thats why I always hate to say a day or a week, Valentine said. When hes ready, Ill be ready to put him in the lineup, thats for sure. But I thought it was days a couple of days ago.
The Red Sox on Tuesday named Eddie Romero senior vice president and assistant general manager. In a press release announcing the move, the team stated it will not fill the position of general manager for the time being.
Romero’s promotion comes following the departure of general manager Mike Hazen, who left this month to become Arizona’ GM. Hazel brought Amiel Sawdaye, who had served as Boston’s vice president of international and amateur scouting, with him to the Diamondbacks, with Sawdaye serving as an assistant GM for Arizona.
The 37-year-old Romero is the son of former Red Sox infielder Ed Romero Rr. Romero served last season as Boston’s vice president of international scouting, overseeing amateur scouting in Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe.
Romero is in his 11th season with the Red Sox, having previously worked in international and professional scouting for the team and becoming Boston’s director of international scouting in 2012.
The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.
Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.
The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".
The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.