Ortiz the latest to go down with injiury


Ortiz the latest to go down with injiury

The injuries just don't stop for the Red Sox.

On the same night they welcomed Carl Crawford back from the disabled list to play his first game of the season, the Sox lost DH David Ortiz, who injured his right Achilles rounding second base on Adrian Gonzalez's dramatic eighth-inning three-run homer.

"It's probably going to be some days,'' said Bobby Valentine. "It's that Achilles. He had the heel,where the Achilles attaches in the back of the heel...I guess he's had it in the past.''

Ortiz was unsure whether Gonzalez's ball was going to go out, so, running from first, he was running as he approached second.

By then, the ball had settled into the Monster Seats for a homer, but when Ortiz tried to decelerate, he came up limping and virtually walked the rest of the way home.

Ortiz will undergo an MRI Tuesday to see if any further damage was done.

"I think I'll be alright,'' said a downcast Ortiz, who was still limping as he left the clubhouse. "I got sore when it happened, but I didn't feel any pop, so that's a good sign.''

Ortiz iced the area after the game and reported improvement.

"It's not as bad as it was,'' Ortiz said.

Ortiz experienced bursitis in the same heel last August and missed nine games.

If he's out for an extended period of time, it's unclear what the Sox would do to replace him at DH. They could, as they did last summer when Ortiz was sidelined with the heel issue, promote Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket to serve in that role.

Manager Bobby Valentine could also shuffle the lineup so that regulars take turns in the DH spot, resting from defensive obligations.

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.