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.