Ortiz (heel) aims for return next week

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Ortiz (heel) aims for return next week

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON David Ortiz was in the Red Sox clubhouse before Wednesday afternoons series finale against the Rays with a plastic walking boot on his right foot. He would be sidelined for the third straight game with bursitis in the back of his right heel.

The bursitis flared up Sunday in Seattle.

The day off Monday it was alright, but yesterday I couldnt run, Ortiz said. I was limping really bad. So I finally come to the doctor and he checked me out. Were just going to get some treatment and its not anything crazy.

Ortiz is hopeful he can avoid the disabled list and get back into the lineup by the end of the road trip next week. The Sox play four games in Kansas City beginning Thursday, and four in Texas beginning Monday, before returning to Fenway Park Aug. 26 to face the As.

Meanwhile, manager Terry Francona would like to use Ortizs absence as a way to get some needed rest for other players. Adrian Gonzalez is served as the DH Wednesday. Jed Lowrie and Carl Crawford did so in Game's 1 and 2 of Tuesdays doubleheader. Its a role some players can adapt to more easily than others.

For the most part I dont think Gonzie really likes it, Francona said. But I think todays a day hell happily do it. Some guys dont like it but I think when they get to this point of the season and theyre beat up. It does help.

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Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.