Ortiz (Achilles) placed on disabled list, hopes to return

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Ortiz (Achilles) placed on disabled list, hopes to return

BOSTON David Ortiz was placed back on the 15-day disabled list Monday morning (retroactive to Saturday) and will have an injection of platelet-rich plasma later this week.

Id like to be out there playing, helping out this ballclub, my teammates now and those are things that you definitely got to be healthy to do it, Ortiz said. The good thing out of what we talked about today is were going to try this one PRP injection, see how it goes in the next couple of weeks. And if Im good I just go back and play.

Ortiz missed 35 games, from July 17 until he was reinstated Friday. He is hopeful this next treatment will allow him to play again before the end of the season.

Oh, man, theres no question, he said. You guys know me, you know I live for this and theres not one thing that I would like to do more than be out there performing for our fans and this organization.

The team is also hopeful Ortiz can return before the end of the season. While he was out, the Sox went 13-22, a .371 winning percentage, well below their .477 season mark.

We have expectation that hell be back depending on how this treatment goes, said manager Bobby Valentine. The treatment will last a week or so where he wouldnt be able to play. So well give him the full benefit of 15 days retroactive to last time he played and see if we can't get him back before the end of the season.

He wants to do what he does every day: wake up and help the team win a baseball game. Hes totally frustrated that he can't do that today. And he wants to do everything possible to give everything that he has. He understands, he trusts our medical staff, and he understands the way his body feels. And were just trying to blend the two worlds to make the best possible scenario.

Ortiz has had the PRP therapy before, after he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in November 2007. The result of that treatment give him confidence it will work on his Achilles.

The doctors say theres a 60, 70 percent chances of healing faster, he said. I had that done before and I believe in that big time . . . At this stage, at this point, it seems like I got to get through it. When I heard them taking about it this morning it made me happy because the one thing that I was concerned about before was being out for the rest of the season. Its something that got into my head a little bit. Im not used to being out, but being out with no hope. But the doctor brought that up and I want to do it.

It is not recommended that Ortiz fly in the immediate aftermath of having the PRP injection. He will wait to see what his comfort level is before deciding if and when to join the Sox on their nine-game west coast trip.

He will also have a shockwave treatment in the offseason. That treatment would have sidelined Ortiz for about 4-5 weeks, which would be the remainder of the season something he thought he might be facing after his last game on Friday, when he hit his 26th double of the season in the third inning.

The other day I tried to come back for the reason that I thought I was going to be OK, he said. Until I hit that double that I had to rush out to get to second base, I feel that pain because I was running with intensity. And the way I felt I know I wasnt right.

So I thought the other option that we have was the shockwave. I dont know if you guys have heard of it, it was going to be my next step, which is something that you got to be out of activity, baseball activity for four to five weeks. So thats why in my mind I was like well thats what we got left for the season. So I guess if Im going to go and have that done, its going to be a wrap. But we came out with some ideas, different ideas today. And thats what were going to go and do now in the next couple of days. And if Im good to go Im good to go. Ill be happy to come back and play.

For now, he is confident he will not need surgery.

I think my problem is more of a healing issue than anything else, he said. Theres nothing that I need to have fixed until now. And thats part of the reason why I want to be careful with it because I dont want to get to the point where I keep on playing sore. When youre sore you know your bodys telling you something. And if you continue, youre just doing damage on top of it on top of what you already have.

He is also confident he will be completely in 2013. He is not concerned the injury will affect his impending free agency.

No, not really, he said. Im not really worried about that because the Achilles is not torn. Its not something that I need to go and get surgery. Surgery means different than what it is. My tendon is not as bad as it can be to need surgery. But I got to be careful.

After this weekends blockbuster trade general manager Ben Cherington said he would like to have Ortiz back. Likewise, Ortiz would like to be back.

Through the years I always keep on telling everyone how important it is for me to be part of this organization, Ortiz said. This is what I know. This is something that I want to be a part of. And I know weve been having a lot of issues through the years but I always try to be honest with you guys and I know how hard it is at times to perform at the highest level here. But things will get better. I think a lot of it has to do with the way the teams playing at the time. And when things are going good you dont hear any of it. So hopefully for the years to come, we start performing better and all the negativities and stuff just got away.

Its hard to get good players in the free agency market. Pretty much most of the good players are locked up for years unless you go out there and trade, something like that. Its hard to get a 30-hoem run hitter. In my case, Im always open to whatever this organization. One thing that I wzlwyas keep in mind is how supportive the fans have been to me through the years and to me thats the most important thing.

Ortiz knows not every player is able to play in Boston.

That happens, he said. Not everybody is able to deal with the game, which is superhard, plus all the other activities off the field that gets you mentally distracted. Its sort of hard. Its harder for some others. Some players can deal with it, some others really cant. So hopefully that was our case and we can come back next year, move on, and do the right thing. I like to win. Winning is good. I know how good that tastes and hopefully things change.

Bogaerts has three hits, three RBIs as Red Sox beat Rangers, 11-6

Bogaerts has three hits, three RBIs as Red Sox beat Rangers, 11-6

BOSTON - Xander Bogaerts and the Boston Red Sox don't need help putting runs on the board right now. They got some from the Texas Rangers anyway.

Bogaerts had three RBIs and twice scored on wild pitches, Dustin Pedroia had a two-run double during a four-run sixth inning and the Red Sox beat the Rangers 11-6 on Tuesday night.

"That's the kind of offense we have," Bogaerts said. "The weather's heating up and a lot of guys are putting good swings on the ball. It was a good win today. A lot of guys contributed."

Boston won its second in a row and once again did it primarily with offense. Coming off a 12-3 win at Oakland on Sunday, the Red Sox pummeled one of the hottest teams in the AL and helped Rick Porcello get just his second home win this season.

Porcello (3-5) won despite allowing 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner struck out four and allowed five runs, four earned.

"We got the win. That's what's most important. Obviously you don't want to go out there and give up five runs or whatever it was," Porcello said. "Our guys swung the bats extremely well and played really good defense and we were able to come out with it tonight."

Joey Gallo got his 14th homer for Texas, and Shin-Soo Choo went 2 for 5 with two RBIs.

Texas entered having won 11 of 12. The 11 runs allowed marked a season high.

The Rangers outhit the Red Sox 13-12 and Boston left eight runners on base, but Texas could not overcome eight walks, one of them intentional.

"It was the walks. Really that's been a nemesis from time to time this year," manager Jeff Banister said. "It's the freebies that showed up again tonight that got us in trouble."

Andrew Cashner (1-4) pitched five innings, allowing five runs, six hits and four walks. He also threw a pair of wild pitches, one of them allowing Bogaerts to score from third and put Boston up 2-1 after three.

Bogaerts was 3 for 5 and took advantage of misfires by Cashner and Jeremy Jeffress to score, and Andrew Benintendi came home on a balk by Alex Claudio in the eighth. Pedroia, who had his 500th career multihit game, and Mitch Moreland finished with two hits and two RBIs apiece.

Texas went to the bullpen in the sixth and the Red Sox broke open the game. Deven Marrero and Mookie Betts both walked with two outs and scored on Pedroia's double to right. Bogaerts followed with another double that scored Pedroia. Two more walks loaded the bases and Bogaerts scored on Jeffress' wild pitch, putting Boston up 9-3.

LET'S TALK

Boston manager John Farrell said the Red Sox took advantage of the day off Monday with a team meeting to chat about how the season had gone so far - and not just the areas that have kept Boston hovering around .500.

"It was also to re-emphasize the things that are going well here and not just to pick out all that is wrong here. There are a number of things going right and a number of those things were on display here tonight," Farrell said.

ROUGHED-UP RANGERS

Of his 90 pitches, Cashner threw 54 for strikes and was still irked after the game about walking four batters in five innings of work.

"I thought the walks in certain spots definitely hurt me. I think it could have been a different game had some things gone differently," Cashner said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre (strained right calf) did some running before the game and is making progress toward a return, manager Jeff Banister said. Beltre's next evaluation will be Thursday, and he could be back by the beginning of June, Banister said. ... Boston sent RHP Tyson Ross (thoracic outlet syndrome) on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Round Rock.

Red Sox: Called up 1B Sam Travis from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned RHP Hector Velazquez to Pawtucket. Travis will platoon with Moreland. ... 3B Pablo Sandoval (right knee sprain) was ill and out of the lineup for Pawtucket in a rehab game. Manager John Farrell said Sandoval might need only two more rehab starts before returning.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-5, 3.71 ERA) struck out eight in his last start, allowing two runs on five hits over seven innings Thursday against Philadelphia for his second win of the season.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (4-2, 2.19 ERA) is riding a streak of eight consecutive starts with 10 or more strikeouts, an MLB record he also achieved in 2015 and shares with Pedro Martinez (1999).

Dombrowski defends John Farrell after group strategy meeting on Monday

Dombrowski defends John Farrell after group strategy meeting on Monday

BOSTON -- The Red Sox braintrust had a meeting on Monday's off-day to strategize with a 22-21 team that's underperforming and in third place.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told NESN's Tom Caron on the Sox pre-game show that he was part of a meeting with Farrell, assistant general managers Eddie Romero and Brian O'Halloran and vice president of baseball research and development Zack Scott.

"We sat down yesterday for over a couple hours," Dombrowski told Caron. "I [had] already talked to some of our scouts and just kind of [went] over our club to try to get it to fit together a little bit. Because some of those things, the injuries, and even the guys that are playing, like in Hanley [Ramirez's] case, it does affect what you’re trying to do. So normally at this time of year, I think you have a better pulse [of the team]. But I think we need a little bit more time. We just really haven’t flowed as a club. We haven’t played as well as I think we’re capable of and I think we need to give ourselves that opportunity."

Asked about Farrell's job security, Dombrowski defended a manager whose 2018 option was picked up over the winter.

"Well, we won a divisional crown last year," Dombrowski said. "He managed very well for us at the time. I think that John, as well as everybody else, is frustrated by our performance and that we haven’t taken off, but we’re not buried either. I mean, we’re four games out of first place and we really haven’t been in a flow. And when you look at it, it’s like, OK, last week Thursday we won two great games in St. Louis. I wasn’t with the team, I was in Salem. 

"Well I looked at the match-up on Thursday, and I’m thinking, well if [Sonny] Gray throws like he’s capable, I’m not sure what we’re going to get out of [Hector] Velazquez at that particular time. And of course, Velazquez didn’t have a very good outing. So you lose that ball game. Is that John’s fault? I can’t put that on John. 

"Friday night, you have Chris Sale, he threw the ball very well. Well the play that Trevor Plouffe made on Hanley Ramirez, I don’t know if he’s made a play like that all year long. Mookie Betts, in the ninth inning gets a line drive right at the third baseman. Well, you have a chance to score five or six runs, didn’t happen. No excuses, but it’s one of those where I think to pin those things on John Farrell are just not fair. I think we’re in a position where he’s managed well, he’s managed divisional champions. I think we’re in a position, we have a good club. We just need to get in a better flow of things."

Dombrowski felt the Sox were harder to evaluate a quarter into the season than most teams would be.

"Because the reality is when you look at our ballclub, it really hasn’t been together at all at any point during the year for me," he said. "So I think when you look at it, you say OK, well, we need to improve our fourth and fifth starters. Well, David Price comes back next week — we think he’ll be back next week. So that’s a pretty big addition, that’s like making a major trade. 

"I still think Drew Pomeranz, although he has scuffled at times, should be a fourth-, fifth-type starter on a good club. … We need to straighten him out. I think he’s capable of doing that. When you talk about bullpen, our bullpen’s been good but I still think we’re going to get Carson Smith in a short time period, so that’s another addition that we have.

"Third base, you know has been a hole for us where Pablo Sandoval could be back very soon. I’m not sure where Brock Holt fits into that whole equation. So we’re really on our fifth third baseman right now when you look at it. Pablo is there, and then Brock Holt was there. Marco Hernandez is going to have surgery, we’re going to miss him for the rest of the year. Josh Rutledge has been over there."

Holt, out with vertigo, and the Red Sox are regrouping. Holt's exhausted the 20 days permitted for a minor league rehab stint, and is heading to Pittsburgh to meet concussion expert Micky Collins. Another rehab stint figures to follow eventually, barring a change in diagnosis.

Hernandez is to have surgery on his left shoulder Friday, which likely ends his season.

Hanley Ramirez can still be the DH, but his sore shoulders have relegated him to only that position, not first base. That's part of the reason Sam Travis was added to the roster Tuesday.

"There’s a couple reasons behind it," Dombrowski said of Travis' call-up.  "We’re in a position where we have a roster spot for a positional player. Secondly, we’ve talked about giving Mitch [Moreland] a little bit of a blow on his feet at times, to not play too many games. And we faced a left hand pitcher tomorrow [in the Rangers' Martin Perez]. He’s been hitting the ball well, Sam has. 

"We’re trying to sit [Moreland] a little bit vs. the left-handed pitching. Even though he’s done OK, we just don’t want him to get too tired as the year goes on. And the reality is, originally that was going to be Hanley [playing first base vs. lefties]. Well, Hanley’s not available to do that now, so we needed to make an adjustment ourself on how to do that. And with the extra roster spot, Pawtucket right down the road, we figure it’s a good chance to give him that opportunity. 

"In Hanley’s case, not playing first base, people don’t realize at times how much that changes the mix of your club. Because at some time, we are going to have Chris Young get at-bats and DH at that point."