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David Ortiz headed to DL with Achilles’ tendon injury

Jul 18, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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Bobby Valentine revealed during a radio interview with WEEI that David Ortiz will be placed on the disabled list with the Achilles’ tendon injury he suffered in Monday’s game.

Tests showed no tear or rupture, but with the 36-year-old designated hitter unlikely to play for at least a week even if it proved to be a minor injury there was no reason for the Red Sox to keep him on the active roster.

Mauro Gomez will be recalled to take Ortiz’s spot on the roster and suddenly the decision to unload Kevin Youkilis for little in return because the Red Sox had “too much” first base/third base/designated hitter depth is looking awfully questionable.

Ortiz, who played at least 145 games in seven of the previous eight seasons, hit .316 with 23 homers and 25 doubles in 89 games before the injury for his first OPS above 1.000 since 2007.

  1. El Bravo - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:18 PM


    • crispybasil - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      He’s like a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a vest.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      Rooting for injuries makes you an asshole.

      • El Bravo - Jul 18, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        On it’s face, it certainly seems like I’m doing that doesn’t it? Given that I posted this on the Youk column first, I was merely keeping with the theme that it was a dumb trade and thus “ha ha.” So yeah, I see why you say that, but do some homework first, will ya?

      • stac266 - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM

        Yep, saw both of them. You’re still a jerk.

  2. hittfamily - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    This same injury has had Andy Dirks out for 2 months, and he’s younger and in better shape.

    • Jack Marshall - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      How do you know it’s “the same injury”?

      • hittfamily - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM

        Strained achilles? Sounds about the same to me. I haven’t seen the MRI images, and couldn’t interpret them even if I had. I know that Strasburg had the same injury as tommy john. I know that Steven Hawking suffers from the same disease as Lou Gehrig. I know Magic Johnson is afflicted with the same virus Freddy Mercury was. I know that Andy Dirks has the same diagnosed strain that David Ortiz has.

      • hittfamily - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:35 AM

        asshole comment , by the way

        Did you make any attempt to add to the conversation?

  3. schlom - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Who knew that being 50 pounds overweight would make you more injury prone?

    • 18thstreet - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      , said the guy who hasn’t looked at David Ortiz this season.

      • schlom - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

        Yeah, my mistake, I guess it’s just a poor fitting uniform.

  4. rcali - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Surprised Bobby even knew about his upcoming DL stint. Did Ortiz ask permission from Pedroia first?

  5. 13yrsmlbvet - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    David had Achilles issues off and on all last year. He is lucky it hasn’t popped yet. Like many Latino players he is going to age overnight. Though his season has been great to this point, this may be a sign of things to come.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Just like it was for him two years ago?

      And unless you have a link about Latin players aging overnight, you’re trolling.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Sofia Vergara just turned 40.

        This episode of vaguely related statement was brought to you by Coca-Cola.

    • mornelithe - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      No, actually, his previous foot issues were Bursitis.

  6. drewsylvania - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Trading Youkilis wasn’t a bad idea, since he’s a free agent after the season and they have Middlebrooks. But trading him for what they got? Ridiculous. First rule of commodities–don’t sell low. The Red Sox got pennies on the dollar back, and it’s their own fault.

    And given their track record over the past couple years, the team should probably fire everyone making the personnel decisions.

    • Glenn - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      And they are paying his salary!

  7. Jack Marshall - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    “..suddenly the decision to unload Kevin Youkilis for little in return because the Red Sox had “too much” first base/third base/designated hitter depth is looking awfully questionable.”

    Inexcusable hindsight bias and Monday Morning Quarterbacking. Yes, if they knew Ortiz would go down, and only if they knew it, getting rid of Youk would be “questionable.” Getting rid of a disgruntled veteran who needs to start and hasn’t hit to play a talented younger player who has earned the job is never “questionable.” It was essential.

  8. trapper17 - Jul 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    This is the last thing we needed our best offensive player on the dl that make what 21 different players on the dl we should start looking towards next yr even if we do get second wv spot our rotation is terrible our number one starter is pitching like a number 6 . If we do get the one game playoff and he pitches which is highly likely good chance were done.

  9. sabatimus - Jul 18, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Questionable? You know what they say about hindsight? Granted, what they got for Youk (and $5 million) was 10 games of Brent Lillibridge (which is inexcusable), but Youk’s trade value was very low anyway, and who knows when he’ll injure himself again. I guess GMs are supposed to have crystal balls, right?

    • wendell7 - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:24 AM

      We’ll see how dumb the trade was as soon as Youk misses significant time with his next back / hip / groin / oblique injury. Take your pick as any one of them is likely to surface any day now. I’m not bashing him, he was one of my favorite players for Boston, but the fact is that he has become prone to these types of injuries. it wasn’t a dumb trade, it was a necessary trade.

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