BOSTON -- David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox starting lineup for Saturday night's game against the Brewers. The designated hitter has been dealing with calf tightness during the early part of this season, and Boston's second game of a three-game series with Milwaukee has been determined as the optimal time to give Ortiz some rest.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Ortiz's day off is not due to the fact that his calf is bothering him more than normal. Instead, it's just a planned day off.
"I think he deals with a little bit of tightness from time to time," Farrell said of Ortiz's leg, "but as much as anything this is just a planned down day."
The off-day comes for the slugger one day after he received two rings -- one for the 2013 championship and one for winning World Series MVP -- at Fenway's Opening Day ceremonies. According to Farrell, the Sox had planned all along that he would not play Saturday.
"This was a planned down day for him," Farrell said. "Looking at the schedule, the late night travel, yesterday's situation, we've got, with all of our players, [we want to] just rotate guys through."