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David Ortiz unlikely to return this season

Sep 7, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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We haven’t heard much about David Ortiz lately and there’s a pretty good reason for that, as there just isn’t much to report.

According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said this afternoon that Ortiz has made progress since receiving a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection for his strained right Achilles tendon on August 27, but that he isn’t ready to resume running. With the Red Sox out of contention and only a few weeks left in the season, Valentine said he is prepared to play without him for the rest of the year.

“I’m not sure that that’s the official word yet,” Valentine said. “Just prepare just in case he’s not going to come back. It’s not really my call. I mean, if he’s healthy and he loves to play the game of baseball, he could always go out there and bat it around a little. I’d hate to jeopardize his career, that’s for sure.”

Ortiz has put together one of the most productive seasons of his career at the age of 36, batting .318/.415/.611 with 23 home runs, 60 RBI and a 1.026 OPS in 90 games played. It just doesn’t make much sense to rush back, especially since a major setback could cost him big-time in free agency this winter.

  1. randygnyc - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    “It’s not really my call. I mean, if he’s healthy and he loves to play the game of baseball, he could always go out there and bat it around a little.”

    Anyone else read this as BV calling out Ortiz?

    • kevinleaptrot - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      I wonder if he’d be more interested in coming back if Valentine was shown the door.

      • spudatx - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:20 AM

        Not with a record like the team has this year. As a 36-year old free agent, a few more at-bats won’t help his value. He’ll work on making sure he is healthy and can pass any physical and have his agent do the rest.

  2. chill1184 - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Why risk re-injuring himself when his team is clearly out of it? Get well Ortiz.

    • bigharold - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      Maybe because they’re paying him an obscene amount of money to play baseball and he should do everything reasonable to earn that salary?

      And, I’m not sure that him shutting down the last month and a half of the season is the message that will help him get the top dollar multi-year deal he thinks he deserves.

  3. henryd3rd - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see him coming back for the final weeks of the season. He has something to prove and he needs to show any possible suitors that he is still a viable DH

  4. willclarkgameface - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Not only is he not going to come back this year, his production that we’ve seen the last couple of years will also not make a return appearance regardless of the fact that he’ll be trying to pop balls over the right field fence in Yankee Stadium 81 games a year.

    Red Sox won’t pay for that and they shouldn’t. Injury prone DH’s don’t help your ball club.

    Again, for those dip shits with the names Larry Lucchino, John Henry, Larry Werner, and Ben Cherringtion: Injury prone DH’s don’t help your ball club.

    • pisano - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      Good point, I was thinking the same thing, and the Yankees would take him in a heart beat, especially if Boston low balls him or doesn’t even make an offer. He’s sign with the Yankees just to spite Boston. He would be an upgrade at their DH spot.

      • bigharold - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        If Ortiz played for the Yankee he’d likely get Giambi/Teixeira syndrome. It an affliction that left handed power hitters suffer from that makes you think you can hit the ball over the RF fence at will. The symptoms are you turn into a dead pull hitter, having to increasing face “the shift” and while ones HR totals go up, they generally lose about 30 points off their average.

        Strictly from an offensive standpoint Ortiz would be a better DH than the Yankees current DH by committee but there are two problems with signing him. One, the Yankees have aging infielders under contract for the foreseeable future that will be seeing a lot more DH time in the coming years as the Yankees attempt to keep them healthy and their bats productive. Two, the Yankees don’t really like the DH only type and that’s one can expect from Ortiz. He absolutely terrible defensively and with inter league play that is a liability that the Yankees don’t want. They’ve been lucky that Ibanez, Jones and Chavez remained healthy and relatively productive, .. despite them fading some in the second half. Due to injuries these guys have played WAY more defense than the Yankees ever expected. But, I don’t think the Yankees are willing to paint themselves into a corner with the DH spot too. I’d bet Cashman realizes that he sort of dodge a bullet this year with his veteran bats and I doubt he wants to push his luck.

        I think Ortiz still has something in the tank and if the RS don’t sign him, .. which could go either way, .. I’d bet he ends up with the Rays. Pena isn’t coming back so that right there frees up 7-8 mil, which gets then into Ortiz territory. Because, no matter who signs Ortiz, .. he’s taking a pay cut. And, the Rays really need the offensive help.

  5. legacybroken - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    I think the Red Sox shouldnt resign Ortiz. Instead they should extend Bobby V’s contract for 10 years and make him the highest paid manager.

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