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

837441.jpg

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.

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Mike Felger and Dan Shaughnessy discuss the Boston Red Sox bouncing back from their slump with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

red_sox_rick_porcello_062816.jpg

Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 win over Tampa Bay

 

QUOTES

"I can't say enough about the way our position players have continued to grind away. . . Tonight was just another example of that.'' - John Farrell.

"He's been everything that we could have hoped. You look to a starting pitcher to go out and be consistent every fifth day -- he's been a model of that for us.'' - Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"It's nice to come back with a statement game tonight. The past couple of week haven't been good for us, so it was nice to get back on the right track tonight.'' - Travis Shaw.

"Preventing them from scoring first was big and then limiting the big inning. The fourth inning was a grind. I dug myself a hole and had to find a way out of it.'' - Rick Porcello.

 

NOTES

* Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox starter to record a win since David Price beat Seattle on Jume 19.

* Porcello is unbeaten over his last eight starts, going 3-0 with five no-decisions.

* Porcello had gone 19 straight starts without allowing more than two walks, the longest such streak for a Red Sox starter since Curt Schilling went 33 in a row.

* The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and are one of two teams (Cleveland is the other) to not have lost four straight this season.

* Boston has a major league-leading 22 games in which it has scored eight or more runs.

* The first six hitters in the Red Sox lineup were 11-for-24, while the bottom three were a combined 0-for-13.

* Travis Shaw's home run was measured at 449 feet, the second-longest homer by a Red Sox player this season.

* In one night, Travis Shaw had more RBI (five) than he had in his previous 27 games (four).

* David Ortiz tied Frank Thomas in career RBI (1,704); both are in 23rd place.

 

STARS

1) Travis Shaw

Shaw belted out three hits -- including his first homer in the month of June -- and knocked in five RBI, tying a career high.

2) Rick Porcello

In a perfect world, Porcello would have gone a little deeper, but kept the Rays off the scoreboard early and helped set the tone for the night.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez reached base five times with two hits -- both singles -- and three walks - one intentional - and seemed to be in the middle of every Red Sox rally.