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David Ortiz hitting cleanup in return from disabled list

Apr 20, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

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The Red Sox have officially activated David Ortiz from the disabled list. The veteran slugger will serve as the designated hitter and bat cleanup in his season debut this afternoon against the Royals at Fenway Park.

Ortiz, who was forced to begin the season on the disabled list due to inflammation in both of his heels, batted .222 (4-for-14) with a home run and four RBI in six rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket. The 37-year-old was originally scheduled to be activated yesterday, but the game was postponed because of the manhunt for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Ortiz is a huge part of Boston’s offense, so they have to be pretty thrilled with what they were able to do without him. The Red Sox will enter play this afternoon with the American League’s best record at 11-4. Of course, they’ve done that more on the backs of their pitching than their offense, so Ortiz will be a welcome sight.

  1. hojo20 - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    It’s going so well for the Sox and I have a feeling this primadonna will mess it up.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      When has he ever been accused of messing up clubhouse chemistry?

      He’s got his contract. All he can do is help add some pop to the lineup.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      The best DH of all time..prima Donna??

      Hardly. The prima Donna title is firmly held by A-Roid.

      • jwbiii - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        Daivd Oritz or Edgar Martinez? Hmm.

  2. 13arod - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    so

  3. scoocha - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    He had to take the first few weeks to find his juice in Mexico.

  4. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    David Ortiz = He’s back!

    A Roid, Jeter, Granderson, Texiera = Not back!

    Jose Batista = Bad back!

  5. sabatimus - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Cleanup? That HIS f**kin’ spot!

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