Ortiz: 'Probably won't be able to play this year'

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Ortiz: 'Probably won't be able to play this year'

BOSTON David Ortiz said over the weekend he was planning to meet with team doctors on Tuesday, hoping to get out of the boot that hes work to protect his right Achilles tendon that has kept him out of all but one game since July 16. As of Tuesday afternoon, he had not yet met with the doctors, but was not wearing the boot in the Red Sox clubhouse.

I will see the doctor later today and were going to decide where were going to be at, he said. Im supposed to come out of my boot today and see what the next step is going to be like. But yeah, it's been a while since I played, and definitely its not something Im used to and you would like to be part of. But it is what it is.

Like I said before, I came back, I wasnt ready, I went back on the DL. So right now what were thinking about is whats the point, if Im not ready to go, to force it?

He knows hes not ready to get back in the lineup right now.

Like I said, if you are ready to play, you got to play. If you aint, you aint. Im not, he said. And thats why probably I wont be able to go back and play this year. But if Im ready, I go for it. Its not on me. Its not like I want to or I dont want to. Im here. They pay me to play, to put up a show. So if Im good to go, Im good to go.

This hasnt been the year he had been hoping for, personally, or for the Sox.

Down year. A down year, he said. Every time youre not up there in the standings and at least go to the playoffs, its a down year. Not when you got to the playoffs, and you dont win the world series, then you can sit down and analyze, 'OK I got to fix this and fix that and that will take me to where I want to be.' But youre not even making it to the playoffs, theres a lot of things that you got to figure out.

And even though the Red Sox are in last place in the American League East and the Yankees are in first, there is still meaning to these games.

Well, I think still these are games that people love to watch, he said. And even us not being able to look like were going to the playoffs, its just the kind of games that guys always want to try to do something.

But, playing the spoiler is an unfamiliar role for the Sox.

Yeah it is, Ortiz said. But like I always say, it is what it is.

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.

 

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.