Ortiz the latest to go down with injiury


Ortiz the latest to go down with injiury

The injuries just don't stop for the Red Sox.

On the same night they welcomed Carl Crawford back from the disabled list to play his first game of the season, the Sox lost DH David Ortiz, who injured his right Achilles rounding second base on Adrian Gonzalez's dramatic eighth-inning three-run homer.

"It's probably going to be some days,'' said Bobby Valentine. "It's that Achilles. He had the heel,where the Achilles attaches in the back of the heel...I guess he's had it in the past.''

Ortiz was unsure whether Gonzalez's ball was going to go out, so, running from first, he was running as he approached second.

By then, the ball had settled into the Monster Seats for a homer, but when Ortiz tried to decelerate, he came up limping and virtually walked the rest of the way home.

Ortiz will undergo an MRI Tuesday to see if any further damage was done.

"I think I'll be alright,'' said a downcast Ortiz, who was still limping as he left the clubhouse. "I got sore when it happened, but I didn't feel any pop, so that's a good sign.''

Ortiz iced the area after the game and reported improvement.

"It's not as bad as it was,'' Ortiz said.

Ortiz experienced bursitis in the same heel last August and missed nine games.

If he's out for an extended period of time, it's unclear what the Sox would do to replace him at DH. They could, as they did last summer when Ortiz was sidelined with the heel issue, promote Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket to serve in that role.

Manager Bobby Valentine could also shuffle the lineup so that regulars take turns in the DH spot, resting from defensive obligations.

Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

The appearance of Tampa Bay Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough almost got the Boston Red Sox back in their spring training exhibition game. The Sox managed to score all three of their runs against the 25-year-old in their 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida on Sunday.

But the Rays, who scored runs in five different innings, managed to widen their lead in the eighth inning by beating up on Sox lefty Luis Isla, a 24-year-old who spent last season with Portland and Pawtucket. In the eighth, Rays' Joe McCarthy homered and Luke Maile managed an RBI single, which cappped off the scoring in the contest. Sox starter Hector Velazquez allowed three hits and an earned run in his two innnings. The 28-year-old, who spent 2016 in the Mexican League, still managed to amass four strikeouts.

"I was a little nervous at the start, being in the United States for the first time and playing for a big league club for the first time," Velazquez told RedSox.com through an interpreter. "But once I got the first out, all the nerves went away, and I was able to bear down."

Despite allowing two homers, Boston pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.

With the exception of the Sox' inning against Yarbrough, Boston's veterans and prospects struggled mighltily against the Rays pitching staff. Chris Archer started for Tampa, and set the tone in the first two innings, where he threw two strikeouts, one walk and allowed one hit and no runs. Andrew Benintendi (0-for-3), Sam Travis (0-for-2) and Bryce Brentz (0-for-3) went hitless on the day. Travis, however, reached base on balls.

"I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said, via the Red Sox' team website. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."

Marco Hernandez's triple got the Sox' eighth-inning off to a strong start, and singles from Matt Dominguez, Deven Marrero, Rusney Castillo and Cole Sturgeon followed. The Sox' eighth inning scoring ended after Castillo got thrown out by left fielder McCarthy at third. Six Red Sox finished with one-hit outings, including Brock Holt and Blake Swihart.

The Sox will next host the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.