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.
A sloppy, cold night at Fenway Park led to an early exit for Dustin Pedroia, who was pulled because of left knee pain.
The Red Sox said the move was precautionary and that Pedroia is day to day. The press-box announcement included the note that manager John Farrell removed Pedroia, which is not typically information provided in-game, but was perhaps an attempt to reinforce that Pedroia did not want to exit the game.
Pedroia had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.
Pedroia led off the third inning Thursday night against the Rangers' Nick Martinez with a walk and scored when the next batter, Xander Bogaerts, homered. Pedroia grounded out to end the bottom of the fourth.
He did not field a ball in the top of the fifth and was replaced by Josh Rutledge ahead of the top of the sixth.
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