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David Ortiz exits game with back spasms

Sep 13, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

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Here’s some potentially bad news for the reeling Red Sox.

Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal reports that David Ortiz left tonight’s game against the Blue Jays due to back spasms. Ortiz was in the original starting lineup as the designated hitter, but Jed Lowrie pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the first inning.

The good news is that Ortiz didn’t aggravate his heel injury from last month, but the Red Sox obviously can’t afford to be without one of their best hitters as they attempt to hold off the pesky Rays in the Wild Card race.

By the way, Tim Wakefield is currently making his eighth attempt at his 200th career victory. After the Red Sox scored two in the bottom of the first, Wakefield gave it right back by allowing a three-run homer to J.P. Arencibia in the top of the second inning.

  1. cur68 - Sep 13, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    I was wondering where the big fella was. Back spasms, eh? Ouch. Good luck to him.

    Meanwhile, over @ Fenway, there’s a ballgame. So far Wakes is serving meatballs. Bautista has hit his planet leading # 42 and Arencibia continues to put the franchise catcher home run record out of touch with his reviewed and confirmed 22nd.

    No worries for the Sox fans, though; Brandon Morrow can’t command his lightening quick fastball and keeps throwing everywhere but over the plate. The Sox look like they mean business at the plate. Youk has shaved his beard and looks really odd without it. He’s clearly not himself as a player, never mind the whiskers. Every time he sneezes it’ll hurt that hernia, never mind hacking at baseball.

  2. cur68 - Sep 13, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Do home runs count for more if you’re Pedroia and you hit them out of the park? I think he hit one that landed on someone’s car. On Lansdowne.

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 13, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Hi D. J. Short. I did report the exit of Big Papi on this site before the Providence paper reported it. This game reminds me of the last time Morrow faced Wakefield. In that one, the final was 11 to 10 for the Jays thanks to Bard.

    • cur68 - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:12 PM

      Good evening PC. Looks like Perez isn’t fooling any Red Sox batters. Sigh. Well this was a close game. Morrow has to be the weakest starter of the rotation, which is weird because he throws the hardest. At this point we’ve probably seen all of him that we need to. Time to send in Drabek, I think….ah Carreno. Why not? He can hardly be worse than Perez.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:17 PM

        It is still early. Anything can happen in Fenway. I missed part of the game due to a localized power outage. I could see a firetruck at a local apartment, so someone had to be stuck in an elevator.

      • cur68 - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:27 PM

        Jeeeeeez. The take away from yet another beating from the Sox? The Beaver Men can hit plenty. As usual they have just limp spag in the bullpen for arms, though. Carreno is a bright spot, Drabek, too but I think he’s destined to be a a starter. Perez, if he can learn to keep his FB low in the zone might have some hope, but he got just lit tonight. Other than that? Janssen, maybe Litsch, and that’s it. As for the rest, well they shoot horses don’t they?

        Leaving Morrow in the game might even have been a better idea than going to anyone else but Carreno. Its arguable that he was keeping it close as opposed to serving BP.

        Oh well. Now I can console myself watching AJ serve BP for the Mariners.

      • cur68 - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:33 PM

        Well. There’s a thing. Cano just went deep on Furbush. Never thought I’d type anything like that in all seriousness. Like, wow.

      • jimbo1949 - Sep 13, 2011 at 11:55 PM

        Allan James Burnett is trying to kill Russell Nathan Jeanson Coltrane Martin, Jr.
        My money’s on the Canadian(who needs them damn furriners anyway).
        .
        I was watching the Nats edge the Mutts, checking in on Chien-Ming’s progress(nuther damn furriner) and noting the geometric progression in Beantown. If you’re gonna go, go big.

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