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David Ortiz to undergo MRI on right Achilles on Tuesday

Jul 16, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

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Everything appeared to be falling into place for the Red Sox on Monday night after Adrian Gonzalez delivered a go-ahead three-run homer off White Sox left-hander Leyson Septimo in the bottom of the eighth inning, plating David Ortiz and Carl Crawford, who was making his long-awaited season debut. However, the club was dealt another tough blow before Gonzalez even touched home plate.

Ortiz pulled up lame after rounding second base on Gonzalez’s blast and limped his way into home plate and the dugout. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the veteran slugger suffered a right Achilles injury and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said early indications are that he didn’t suffer a tear or strain, so the hope right now is that he’ll only have to miss a few games.

Ortiz was understandably frustrated after the game, saying, “This (expletive) team is cursed.” However, he later said, “I think I’ll be all right.”

Ortiz, 36, is hitting .316/.414/.609 with 23 home runs, 58 RBI and a 1.024 OPS in 89 games played this season.

  1. mybrunoblog - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Bill James will soon be defending Ortiz’ bad Achilles tendon.

  2. hittfamily - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    At least Crawford is back and could DH in the mean time. I don’t know how bad CC’s elbow is, or whether it only causes problems when he swings. It was nice to see Crawford back in the lineup tonight. As a Rays fan, he left me with many fond memories. I hope he enjoys the same success during his stay in Bean Town.

  3. jfk69 - Jul 17, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    It is now called The Francona Beer and Fried Chicken Curse
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    • Jack Marshall - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:29 AM

      If there has ever been a more stupid, unjustified, hindsight-biased “scandal” than the fried chicken garbage, I’d like to know what it was. If Beckett and Lester pitch up to their own established standards and the Red Sox go to the play-offs and the Series, nobody gives a damn, and the team gets nicknamed “The Wing Men” or something. If Carl Crawford doesn’t play like Gino Cimoli all season, the issue never arises. Chicken and beer didn’t make John Lackey stink. Yes, it was unprofessional and poor leadership, but to say the occasional beer and chicken feasts by pitchers on their off days was blown out of proportion by the Boston sportswriters is an understatement, and to call comments like this a full year later a pathetic cheap shot is charity.

  4. henryd3rd - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    There’s no such thing as a curse! Right?

  5. skids003 - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    With his ego he belongs in the nBA instead of MLB.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      Yeah, he whole team could have been killed in a freak accident and he’d be okay, but if he gets hurt, then the team is “F#cking Cursed”. Is he going to start crying like a little girl again asking how God can treat HIM this way????

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

        This f***ing team is cursed. Nothing has gone right without something going wrong to balance it out so far this season.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      What about this is egotistical, exactly?

  6. downsouthnow - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Just prior to the injury, Ortiz was doing something foreign to his body – running.

  7. 13yrsmlbvet - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    The chicken was bought by an injured player for the clubhouse staff to have for dinner. They don’t get a chance to eat until the game starts. Players were not eating chicken. Whoever started that was wrong. They bought chicken about once a month. The beers were being downed though. That part is right.

  8. aceshigh11 - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Screw you, Jobu. Just…screw you.

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