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.

Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years


Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years

OXON HILL, Md. - Aroldis Chapman found a spot in a most familiar bullpen - a very rich spot, too.

The hard-throwing closer reached agreement to return to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher, an $86 million deal for five years.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the contract was pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet complete.

Once it's done, the 28-year-old lefty whose fastballs routinely top 100 mph would shatter the previous richest contract for a reliever - that was the $62 million, four-year deal Mark Melancon signed with San Francisco just a couple days ago during the winter meetings.

Chapman was acquired by New York from the Cincinnati Reds last offseason, then missed the first 29 games of the season due to a domestic violence suspension from Major League Baseball. The Cuban was traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July and helped them win the World Series, becoming a free agent when it was over.

Chapman went 4-1 with 36 saves and a 1.55 ERA in a combined 59 games for the Yankees and Cubs. He struggled some in the postseason as the Cubs beat Cleveland for their first championship since 1908.

With the Yankees this season, Chapman teamed with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances in one of the most dominant bullpens in baseball history. Miller was later traded to Cleveland, but Betances is still with New York.

Earlier this week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team was interested in both Chapman and fellow free agent closer Kenley Jansen. The Yankees had already made one deal at these meetings, signing slugger Matt Holliday, before paying a lot more to bring Chapman back to the Bronx.

Fox Sports first reported the agreement.

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu are back together.

The two Cuban natives were teammates in 2012 when they played for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and now they'll be in the same dugout once again — this time in Chicago.

"To get the opportunity to play with him right now in the United States, it's an honor for me," Moncada said through a translator on a conference call Wednesday. "I'm thrilled with that."

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