Ortiz will rest heel after injection, 'hopeful' vs. Indians

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Ortiz will rest heel after injection, 'hopeful' vs. Indians

BOSTON David Ortiz did receive in injection Monday into his ailing right heel. A strained Achilles tendon has kept him on the disabled list since July 17.

The injection was of a pain killer, not a cortisone injection.

I cant feel my foot right now, Ortiz said after the Red Sox win over the Rangers. That means I feel good.

Ortiz said he expected the numbness to last for six to eight hours but its supposed to get things better. It hurt really bad.

Ortiz, who was eligible to come off the DL Aug. 1, is still not sure when he might be activated.

I guess I got to give it a couple of days to see what the reaction will be like and go from there, he said.

He said he expects he will not do baseball activities for the next few days, giving the injury and the injection some time to calm down.

I dont think Im doing anything for the next couple of days, he said. I dont know. I havent been told anything. Just got to wait.

Asked if he might play in the four-game series in Cleveland beginning Thursday, Ortiz replied:

Hopefully.

Ortiz suffered the injury rounding the bases on Adrian Gonzalez eighth-inning home run on July 16 against the White Sox. An awkward step on second base aggravated the tendon that had already been bothering him for a while.

Ortiz had been the Sox most consistent offensive producer this season. In 89 games, he was hitting .316, with 23 home runs, 58 RBI, a .414 on-base percentage, and .609 slugging percentage when he got hurt. The Sox are 9-11 in his absence.

Of course, there is no telling what that record might be if he had stayed in the lineup.

Im part of the offense of this team, and my game makes a difference sometimes out there, he said. Im not saying because I havent been playing, that might be the difference. But it might be.

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.

He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.

Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.


 

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Kyle Kendrick strengthened his bid for a spot in the rotation by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out six and Jackie Bradley homered as a Red Sox split squad played to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17. 

With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games. 

The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings. 

The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.