BOSTON David Ortiz was back in the Red Sox clubhouse Thursday afternoon with his right foot encased in a black plastic walking boot, a day after getting a second opinion on his injured right Achilles tendon. The second opinion, he said, confirmed what he had been originally told. The Achilles strain would require him to rest it up and just wait a couple of weeks, get it treated and itll be fine, he said.Ortiz was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Tuesday, a day after suffering the injury when he stepped on second base rounding the bases on Adrian Gonzalezs three-run homer in the eighth inning Tuesday. Ortiz would be eligible to be activated on Aug. 1. He is hopeful that he will need no more time than that.Hopefully, yeah, Ive been feeling better every day, less sore, he said. It seems like were going to be fine.Ortiz traveled to Miami for the second opinion. He and his agent Diego Benz are friends, he said, with Miami Heat owner Micky Arison and used the Heats team doctor.The Sox have had 22 players serve 25 DL stints this season, losing a total of 992 games going into Thursday nights series finale against the White Sox.Its something that weve been dealing with all year long, Ortiz said. One come in, another one get out. It seems like it just it is what it is.Ortiz is batting .316 with 23 home runs and 58 RBI. Prior to the injury he had missed just one game this season.Of course, I want to be on the field like usual, he said. But theres things that you cant really control. And probably thats one of it. So Im a little frustrated, Im not going to lie to you, especially having some guys coming back, the way things are going.Ortiz said he planned to continue getting treatments, and even take batting practice in the cage on Friday, wearing the boot.The doctor he told me yesterday Youre going to be able to take some swings in the boot, Ortiz said. This boot kind of rotates. Its not like the one that I had before last season when he missed nine games from Aug. 16-23 with right heel bursitis that was just like flat-footed. I think Ill be fine.Manager Bobby Valentine was bemused to learn that Ortiz was planning to hit on Friday.Did he say that? Valentine said. He might do something where just balls are coming in and he does something more upper body than in sync with his lower body. Itll be all supervised and regulated Im sure. Just for the eye-hand. I can see that happening.
Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.
Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.
Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double.
The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games.
On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.