Ortiz will rest heel after injection, 'hopeful' vs. Indians

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Ortiz will rest heel after injection, 'hopeful' vs. Indians

BOSTON David Ortiz did receive in injection Monday into his ailing right heel. A strained Achilles tendon has kept him on the disabled list since July 17.

The injection was of a pain killer, not a cortisone injection.

I cant feel my foot right now, Ortiz said after the Red Sox win over the Rangers. That means I feel good.

Ortiz said he expected the numbness to last for six to eight hours but its supposed to get things better. It hurt really bad.

Ortiz, who was eligible to come off the DL Aug. 1, is still not sure when he might be activated.

I guess I got to give it a couple of days to see what the reaction will be like and go from there, he said.

He said he expects he will not do baseball activities for the next few days, giving the injury and the injection some time to calm down.

I dont think Im doing anything for the next couple of days, he said. I dont know. I havent been told anything. Just got to wait.

Asked if he might play in the four-game series in Cleveland beginning Thursday, Ortiz replied:

Hopefully.

Ortiz suffered the injury rounding the bases on Adrian Gonzalez eighth-inning home run on July 16 against the White Sox. An awkward step on second base aggravated the tendon that had already been bothering him for a while.

Ortiz had been the Sox most consistent offensive producer this season. In 89 games, he was hitting .316, with 23 home runs, 58 RBI, a .414 on-base percentage, and .609 slugging percentage when he got hurt. The Sox are 9-11 in his absence.

Of course, there is no telling what that record might be if he had stayed in the lineup.

Im part of the offense of this team, and my game makes a difference sometimes out there, he said. Im not saying because I havent been playing, that might be the difference. But it might be.

Sale: “Time for both sides to do something different, I guess”

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Sale: “Time for both sides to do something different, I guess”

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”

Kennedy in pursuit of Drake for concert at Fenway

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Kennedy in pursuit of Drake for concert at Fenway

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- Quick, if you could have one artist perform at Fenway Park, who would it be?

Florida Georgia Line or Carrie Underwood?

Kanye West?

Maybe a little throwback with Eminem?

Let’s stick to artists who go by one name actually. Red Sox President Sam Kennedy seems to think that’s a good idea.

“We’ve been approaching Drake, this year, we would love to have Drake come,” Kennedy said at Red Sox Winter Weekend. “We understand he’s not doing a big summer tour, but that’s an example of someone we’ve proactively gone out after.

“We’d love to have him come to Fenway Park, given his popularity.

Fenway will already play host to New Kids on the Block with Paula Abdul and Boysz II Men, James Taylor and Billy Joel, with the possibility of adding more.

“I’m not a huge music person,” Kennedy said. “We’ve tried to bring in as many different types of acts as we can to appeal to different demographics. The reality is with the baseball schedule, with the way it lays out, we’re sort of at the mercy of the touring and who’s out.

“We love having these events in Boston. It’s good for the economy, it’s good for Fenway . . . The city has been a very supportive partner in bringing events into town.”

From what Kennedy and his staff have gathered, it appears Drake is looking to do one-off shows instead of a tour. That’s just enough for the ever-persistent Red Sox President to keep working on bringing in the superstar.

“We’re not gonna give up,” Kennedy said.