Ortiz (Achilles) not sure if he'll return this season


Ortiz (Achilles) not sure if he'll return this season

BOSTON Sitting in the Red Sox dugout late Sunday morning, still wearing a black plastic boot on his right foot, David Ortiz said he is not sure he will be back this season.

Well see, he said. Well see how it goes. It all depends on what the doctors saying, how I'm feeling. But right now, were just focused on make sure Im doing the right thing.

Ortiz has missed 50 games with the right Achilles strain that has kept him out of all but one game since July 17. He received an injection of platelet-rich plasma PRP almost two weeks ago. While the treatment seems to be working, there is still uncertainty.

Asked if he thought the designated hitter would be shut down this season, manager Bobby Valentine replied:

I would assume that. He had the boot on again yesterday and unless David decides hes totally pain-free as of our last conversation he says he feels much better and the platelet-rich plasma shot seems to have really worked. But I think it takes a couple of weeks for that to totally set in. Maybe hell come out and start taking batting practice. Itll be time for him to get back into the lineup, obviously, if he felt a hundred percent today.

Would it be wise for Ortiz to play before then?

Well, it wouldnt be, Valentine said. If there was any jeopardy, any chance of him being injured, it wouldnt be wise at all. That conversation has been had with David . . . numerous times.

The doctors are looking forward to making sure I dont have to worry about this anymore then just give me the tryout, Ortiz said. I think thats the goal right now and we dont see the point of coming back and not being ready yet.

Ortiz is aware ending the season on the DL could affect his pending free agency.

I think, of course, whoever is going to sign you they want to make sure that you are healthy, he said. Everybody knows that. Its not a secret. But on the other hand, I think itll be fine.

It hasnt been easy for him to sit and watch.

Ive been struggling a little bit, just sitting down for this long and just watching baseball, he said. Its been not even fun watching baseball anymore. Just been sitting for this long. But it is what it is, right? And just got to wait.

While there has been improvement, Ortiz knows hes not close to 100 percent yet.

Im not there yet, he said. Im not there because when they do that PRP thing theyre kind of digging at it and theyre adding something that wasnt there. So Ive got to go back in place and start the healing process and like everybody knows, thats not easy. So Im pretty sure that after I get the boot off Im going to start getting treatment different than what Im getting right now. It all depends on how sensitive it still can be down there.

After Sunday there are just eight home games left, the final on Sept. 26 against the Rays. Would he like be back for one of them?

To be honest with you what Im looking for right now is to make sure I heal up the right way, he said. I pushed it once. It didnt work. So Im not going to push it again. If Im good to go, Im good to go.

Perez's eighth-inning slam, after three walks, lifts Royals over Red Sox, 6-4

Perez's eighth-inning slam, after three walks, lifts Royals over Red Sox, 6-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Salvador Perez borrowed a Miguel Cabrera bat from Kansas City Royals teammate Drew Butera for the first time Wednesday.

"It's a magic stick," Butera said.

It was magic for Perez, who hit his first career grand slam, connecting in the eighth inning to rally the Royals over the Boston Red Sox 6-4.

"Miggy gave the bat to Butera when Detroit was playing here," Perez said. "Drew doesn't use it. It's too heavy for him. Today, coming into the clubhouse, I put it in my locker. I like the bat.

"Today was the first day I used it and I'll use it Friday, too, before you ask me. I don't want to break that one. I've got to call Miggy and say, `You've got to send me some more bats.'"

The Royals have won nine of 11 and moved within a game of .500.

Perez homered over the Kansas City bullpen in left field on the ninth pitch from Robby Scott (0-1). With Boston leading 4-2, reliever Matt Barnes started the inning by walking Jorge Bonifacio and Lorenzo Cain on 12 pitches.

"We uncharacteristically lost the strike zone," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "For a group that has been so good at not issuing too many walks over the course of the year, we had an inning that got away from us. Matt was up in the zone. He couldn't get the ball down.

"This one stings because that group has been so good, so consistent for the better part of the whole season."

Scott was summoned to face Eric Hosmer, but walked him on four pitches to load the bases for Perez. The All-Star catcher fouled off three full-count deliveries before hitting his 15th home run of the season.

"I was happy with where the pitch was, but it was too good," Scott said. "There's not much else to say about it."

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Perez was the first Kansas City player to hit a grand slam in the eighth inning or later with the Royals trailing since Frank White in 1986. Perez went 3 for 3 in the win.

Jorge Soria (3-2) worked a spotless eighth. Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 19 chances.

Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts hit successive home runs in the Boston fourth off Ian Kennedy.

Benintendi's drive was estimated at 454 feet and landed in the right-center waterfall. The leadoff homer was Boston's first hit, and the 100th of Benintendi's career.

Five pitches later, Bogaerts went deep to left, tying the score at 2. It was the fourth time this season the Red Sox have hit back-to-back home runs.

"I tried to go inside and the ball just ran back over," Kennedy said of the homers.

Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz worked 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and six hits.

Kennedy was removed after 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, two earned, three hits and three walks. He has just one victory in his past 17 starts.

Errors by Kennedy and first baseman Cheslor Cuthbert helped Boston score twice in the fifth.


The Red Sox will retire David Ortiz's No. 34 in a pregame ceremony Friday at Fenway Park. "When you consider the careers that are on that facade, the numbers that are up there and the fact that his being done so soon after retiring, I think speaks volumes," Farrell said. "What he's meant to the city, what he's meant to the organization. To see him at the ballpark, see the smile, to hear the booming voice, it will be a good day for us."


Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia missed his third straight game with rib soreness after being hit by a pitch Sunday. "When he went down to swing in the cage, there's still some restriction," Farrell said. "Hopefully he'll be back in the lineup Friday." ... LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right knee subluxation) will throw a 30-pitch two-inning simulated game Saturday.

Royals: RHP Nathan Karns (forearm strain) threw off a flat surface, his first time tossing since having a setback 11 days ago. ... LHP Danny Duffy (oblique strain) will throw a bullpen session Friday and could begin a minor league rehab stint next week.


Red Sox: After a day off Thursday, RHP Rick Porcello will start Friday against the Angels.

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis will start Friday against the Blue Jays.

Pedro's Players' Tribune story: How lobster led the Red Sox to David Ortiz

Pedro's Players' Tribune story: How lobster led the Red Sox to David Ortiz

As David Ortiz prepares to have his No. 34 retired Friday night at Fenway Park, Pedro Martinez, in a piece written for The Players' Tribune, recalls how it was a craving for lobster that led to his meeting with Ortiz and the signing that changed the fortunes of the Red Sox.

Martinez recalls how when he was out with the friends in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in December 2002 and wanted lobster. It led him to a restaurant where Ortiz also happened to be just after Big Papi had gotten the news that the Minnesota Twins had released him.

Martinez said he immediately began trying to reach the Red Sox brass.

"I pulled out my little flip phone right there and started calling everybody I could think of back in Boston," Martinez writes. "But nobody picked up, because they were all in the MLB Winter Meetings. Finally I got to the traveling secretary, Jack McCormick, and I said, “Hey, can you get a hold of Lucchino or Theo or somebody?”

“Listen, I’m in the Dominican and I ran into David Ortiz. He just got released by Minnesota. We need to sign him.”

The rest, three World Series championships later, is history. Culminating with No. 34 being unveiled on the right field facade in a pregame ceremony Friday night.

"I thank God that he made me hungry for lobster stew that night in Santo Domingo," Martinez writes. "Because it gave Boston a championship, and it gave me one of my best friends in the world."