Ortiz: Sore oblique affecting swing a bit

Ortiz: Sore oblique affecting swing a bit
May 15, 2013, 12:00 am
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who was struggling at the plate over the last week before slamming a three-run homer in the bottom of the first, revealed that he's been slowed by a sore left oblique of late.
     
Ortiz was 3-for-25 on the team's recently completed homestand before connecting off Matt Moore in the first inning Tuesday, accounting for the only runs the Sox scored in a 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
     
Asked if the sore oblique had affected him at the plate, Ortiz said: "A little bit, a little bit. There's been tightness in my left oblique."
     
Ortiz sat out the final game of the homestand, then had Monday, an off-day for the team, to rest, before returning to the lineup Tuesday night.
     
"It wasn't grabbing me that much," he said, "but it was still grabbing me a little bit. That's why I've kind of been pulling everything, it feels like. Hopefully, it doesn't get any worse."
     
Ortiz said the injury dates back about 10 days to when the Sox were swept in a three-game series in Texas.
     
"It's been like that for a while," he said. "I'm going to keep on playing because it's not at a point where it's going to get any worse. Hopefully, it doesn't get any worse.
     
"But, yeah, it bothers me with some swings, I think. Like last week, I was watching some video of some pitches that I was kind of pulling and when you get to the point where you want to drive the ball the other way and the next thing you know, you're hooking the ball. That's not normal.
     
"Hopefully it gets better. I've had enough time off. It's not at the point where I'm going to pull it. Because if you pull it, you're definitely not going to be able to play. I just come in early, treat it and try to move forward."