Ortiz injures back, status uncertain for Tampa series

Ortiz injures back, status uncertain for Tampa series
July 24, 2014, 6:00 pm
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TORONTO -- David Ortiz came out of the game in the ninth inning after feeling some discomfort in his upper back for the second time in as many days.

Ortiz had a monster series in the first three games, hitting four homers, but in the final at-bat Wednesday night "felt something pop'' in the back. He felt better coming to the ballpark Thursday morning and was fine in his first three plate appearances, but in the ninth, he tried to check his swing on a 1-and-0 pitch from Rob Rasmussen, felt soreness again.

He left the game immediately, with Jonny Gomes finishing the at-bat -- and the game -- by flying out to left as the Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays, 8-0. 

"I felt a little bit of discomfort,'' said Ortiz. [Earlier] today I was fine, but I made a move on that pitch, either tried to go and stop, and it pulled a little bit more. I just got checked out and they gave me some therapy and put a patch on it. Hopefully, it's not anything serious. We'll see how it feels tomorrow.''

Ortiz said no determination has been made about his availability Friday night, when the Sox open a three-game series against Tampa Bay. That game will feature David Price starting for Tampa Bay.

Price and Ortiz had a confrontation earlier this season at Fenway Park when Ortiz felt Price intentionally threw at him and Ortiz openly anticipated getting revenge when they next met.

Now, that could be delayed.

"We haven't talked about [playing or not] yet,'' he said. "We're just going to see when I come to the field [Friday]. I'll probably come in in the morning and see how it goes. Hopefully, it's nothing serious. I think it's more than a spasm. Hopefully it feel better. I don't feel like losing any time.''