BOSTON -- A day after returning to the Red Sox lineup, David Ortiz is once again out of it.
Ortiz will miss Saturday night's game against the Royals with some soreness in his achilles, following his 2-for-4, 2-RBI night on Friday.
"He's a little sore today," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine before Saturday's game. "He's not in the lineup. And we're going to meet and evaluate his situation again.
"It bothered him last night. He wasn't as pain-free as he was hoping."
Ortiz spent nearly six weeks on the DL with an achilles strain, and even though the Red Sox were planning on playing him almost every other day upon his return, they realize that nobody involved wants to jeopardize his long-term health.
"I think what would be best for David, if he's healthy, to make sure that everyone knows that he's healthy for the rest of the season," said Valentine. "So, it wouldn't be me shutting him down. If in fact that's what the medical staff thought was best for him this year and for his career, then that might have to happen."
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said on Saturday that he's "not really" concerned about Ortiz, with regards to the big picture.
"He's still got some soreness," said Cherington. "We're not concerned that this is something that's going to inhibit him in any significant way, moving forward. We want to be careful and do the right thing for him, because he's such an important player, and we want him to be a part of what we're doing. So, we'll continue to work with him and be cautious, and get him out there whenever he's ready and available."
Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.
Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.
Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.
Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.
Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.
Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners.
Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014.
Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.