BOSTON -- David Ortiz is in the Red Sox lineup on Friday against the Kansas City Royals, as the designated hitter, and batting fourth.
Bobby Valentine had said that it was subject to change, barring any setbacks following Ortiz' pre game activities, but Ortiz was cleared.
"I have a lineup in my mind, but as we're speaking, David's out on the field, and Mike Hazen's out waiting for the medical report of his clearance," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine before the game."He's taking batting practice. He has to run after he hits. He has to run around the bases. he has to then feel that he's OK for the medical team to give him the clearance. And if he gets the clearance, he'll be in the lineup, and we'll make the corresponding roster move."
Adrian Gonzalez is slated to hit fifth, behind Ortiz in that lineup.
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.