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David Ortiz undergoes ultrasound treatment, needs walking boot and 4-6 weeks of rest

Oct 9, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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With the Red Sox and David Ortiz expected to begin contract talks next week the 36-year-old designated hitter underwent ultrasound treatments on his injured Achilles’ tendon yesterday.

Rob Bradford of reports that Ortiz will be in a walking boot for the next 7-10 days and will be sidelined for a total of 4-6 weeks.

That gives him plenty of time to get healthy by spring training, certainly, but between that and missing nearly the entire second half Ortiz isn’t exactly an ideal candidate for the multi-year contract he’s seeking.

“I did it just to make sure,” Ortiz said. “I talked to so many people that had it done, so I wanted to be sure. They said they were sore after doing it, but I wasn’t sore at all.”

Ortiz topped a 1.000 OPS for the first time since 2007, but also failed to play 100 games for the first time since 2001 and was in the lineup for just one of the Red Sox’s final 72 games.

  1. niubears - Oct 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Papi is pregnant? Congrats!

  2. vanmorrissey - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Why did it take so long for this to happen? That being the case, any deal for someone who blows out the Achilles just trotting is not an ideal candidate for any big, long or even medium term deal. Performance based is only way to go. Don’t like it, tell him to hit the road and see if he could do better elsewhere.

    • xavier46 - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:38 PM

      Except he didn’t, ya know, blow out his Achilles… Other than that, you make perfect sense

    • docktorellis - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:56 AM

      Or that, yknow, performance based contracts aren’t allowed in MLB…

  3. willclarkgameface - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    The Larry Sox want to make this happen because he’s the last remaining member of the roster from the 2004 team. With him back in the spring as well as Varitek in the office, Pink Hat dopes will be singing Sweet Caroline all the way into 2014…when Ortiz will ask for another 2 year deal.

    Until he blew out his Achilles, I was certain that he would walk after 2012 and sign with a team aching for an aging, complainer DH, but he’s damaged goods. The DH role has changed everywhere except Boston.

    They will give him a deal, but only for one year. He needs it otherwise he gets lazy.

    Hard work being a DH, you know?

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