Valentine: Ortiz doubtful to return Sunday

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Valentine: Ortiz doubtful to return Sunday

CLEVELAND - David Ortiz didnt run the bases as originally planned prior to Friday nights game, and Valentine said that the designated hitter was now looking doubtful for a return on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. It would appear that Ortiz has developed some soreness in the right Achilles after some encouraging progress following his pain-numbing injection earlier in the week.

He felt good today. He didnt do anything, but he felt good. It was a rest day, said Valentine. Hell do more tomorrow. Theyll test it a little bit more tomorrow and hopefully that will be the day that gets him over the hump.

When asked if Valentine still thought Ortiz might be able to go on Sunday as hoped, the Sox skipper replied with: I dont think so.

Ortiz has been out since July 17 after straining the Achilles rounding second base at Fenway Park on a home run ball, and the hope is still that a healthy Big Papi can get into some of the divisional games against the Orioles and Yankees next week.

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Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.