Ortiz placed on 15-day DL
MRI confirms strained Achilles'
The Red Sox placed David Ortiz on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after the designated hitter traveled to Miami for a second opinion that confirmed the diagnosis of a strained right Achilles’ he received Tuesday.
Ortiz is the 22d Red Sox to go on the DL this season.
“It’s probably going to be a week to 10 days before he’s ready to go take a little batting practice,’’ said manager Bobby Valentine. “We’ll give him a little extra time on the outside, so he’s ready to go when he comes off.’’
Ortiz suffered the injury rounding second base on Adrian Gonzalez’s homer in the eighth inning Monday. Ortiz, who had been running at full steam, stepped on the bag awkwardly and limped home.
The next day Ortiz, wearing a walking boot, said an MRI revealed no tear or rupture of his Achilles’ tendon. Ortiz said he was still in a great deal of pain.
Ortiz was not available for comment before Wednesday night’s game against the White Sox.
“He has a right strained heel, Achilles’ attachment type thing,’’ Valentine said. “It’s something he’s had before.’’
Mauro Gomez was called up from Pawtucket to fill Ortiz’s spot and was the DH, hitting sixth.
“I just want to make sure I can come in and give 100 percent and try to help the team,’’ said Gomez.
Asked why the team chose to summon Gomez, Valentine said, “It seemed like he was the guy who was going to fill the bill. And we had no backup, once David left, we really had no backup first baseman.’’
Gomez hit safely in four of six starts with three multi-hit games, going 8 for 17 in his second stint with Boston from July 4-13.
“I think I was more patient at the plate the second time around,’’ Gomez said. “I’m just here to try and give the maximum effort and see what happens. I just hope David recuperates soon.’’
Dustin Pedroia, who was placed on the DL July 6 (retroactive to July 4) with a right thumb strain, is poised to be activated for Thursday night’s game against the White Sox.
“Yeah, he said he was ready about four days ago,’’ Valentine said. “We’re getting planned, but you never know until tomorrow comes. He’s such an important part of our team and so much fun to watch play, for his psyche as well as for ours, I hope he gets back in [Thursday].’’
Valentine seemed to bristle when asked where he planned to slide Pedroia into the lineup.
“I don’t know that we’ll have a lineup every day that’s the same, since we haven’t had a lineup that’s the same every day since the beginning of the year,’’ Valentine said. “And we’re leading the league in runs scored — well, we were one behind Texas coming into [Wednesday].
“I don’t think you need to worry about where someone is hitting in the lineup. We’ll try to get as good a lineup as we can every day we go out there.’’
Valentine said closer Andrew Bailey, who started the season on the DL after undergoing thumb surgery, threw a bullpen session Wednesday. “The last 10 days he’s felt as good as he’s felt in a long time,’’ Valentine said. “He’s probably not far from pitching to some hitters.’’ . . . Clay Buchholz will make his second start Thursday since coming off the DL (stomach ailment) after the All-Star break. Valentine said Buchholz will not be limited by a pitch count . . . Asked what he hoped Jon Lester would work on after absorbing the loss Tuesday, Valentine said, “He’s thrown the ball pretty well, I think. I think a lot of his situation is just those balls that are put in play. They have to start finding a glove once in a while.’’ . . . Chris Carpenter, on the 60-day DL as he recovers from right elbow surgery, continued his rehab stint with Pawtucket Tuesday night vs. Syracuse, tossing a scoreless inning of relief with a pair of strikeouts. He has posted a 3.38 ERA with 10 strikeouts in seven rehab outings in five different levels . . . Double A Portland tied a franchise record with six stolen bases in Tuesday night’s shutout victory over Reading, marking the first time since May 11, 2002, the Sea Dogs had accomplished the feat. Jeremy Hazelbaker and Peter Hissey each had a pair of stolen bases, and Jackie Bradley and Bryce Brentz each had one.
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