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Is David Ortiz playing with an injury?

Apr 12, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

David Ortiz strikeout.jpgJoe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that David Ortiz is telling friends that his left wrist is hurting. Remember, Ortiz missed nearly two months with a torn tendon sheath in the very same wrist during the 2008 season.

The 34-year-old is just 2-for-18 (.111) with nine strikeouts to kick off the new season. He was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts against the Royals on Sunday, leaving five men on base. There’s already plenty of chatter about when he’ll be forced to platoon with the right-handed hitting Mike Lowell.

Ortiz was asked about Christensen’s report upon his arrival to Target Field on Monday. Here’s his response, via John Tomase of the Boston Herald:

“Don’t pay attention to that crap,” Ortiz said. “I’m fine. If I’d have been raking they wouldn’t be saying that.”

We’ll have to give him the benefit of the doubt for now, but it’s time to really wonder how much of a leash he’ll be given this season.

  1. Jonny5 - Apr 12, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Umm what was his excuse for 2009?

  2. BC - Apr 12, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    I’m still betting that is has to do with the fact that he used to have as much juice in him as an over-ripe honeydew.
    And Lowell’s L/R splits are not that bad if I recall. I wouldn’t even think they’d platoon Ortiz if he can’t even hit .200 and kills a rally nearly every time up.

  3. sj - Apr 12, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Ortiz played better after his wrist injury in 2008 than before it.
    2008 (pre-inj) : .354 OBP, .486 SLG (54 games)
    2008 (post-inj): .384 OBP, .526 SLG (55 games)

  4. Charles Gates - Apr 12, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    DJ: Injury or no injury, that’s no excuse compared to what Chan Ho Park is saying caused his first rough outting with the Yankees this year. Please find the video and post it…

  5. Nasty Boy - Apr 12, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    You hit the nail on the head. He might as well forget about the 12 million dollar option next year. It’s over Little Poopy.

  6. dp - Apr 12, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    The difference is Ortiz is finished, and Park isn’t. Park’s next outing was super. I agree with BC,no juice , no Papi. Ciao

  7. RJretniP - Apr 12, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Sorry David, but you are not “raking” like you used to so the questions begs to be asked, if it’s not the wrist then what? Us Red Sox fans would like to see the old form caom back but if it’s not there, then changes need to be made to help the team continue to win.

  8. ecp - Apr 12, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Not only is he not hitting, he looked really bad taking the Golden Sombrero yesterday. Not like a guy who is close to figuring it out.

  9. B-Runnin - Apr 12, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    I’ll give you the fact that he ain’t “raking” but it is only one week into the season and everyone wants to put Papi on the cross already. If I remember correctly that tool bag Texiera was terrible until Gayrod came back last year. Just give him a chance with all the things he has done for Red Sox Nation it’s the least we can do!

  10. smokehouse - Apr 12, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    I’m a 60 year loyal Yankee fan and hate the Red Sox. Having said that I always liked the way he played. Great hitter. But I’m afraid time has caught up with Big Papi. It was a hell of a run though.

  11. Nasty Boy - Apr 12, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Time didn’t catch him, the stronger drug testing rules did. Believe it , he’s not the only one.

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