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David Ortiz scratched from Red Sox’s lineup with calf injury

May 29, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT

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David Ortiz has been scratched from the Red Sox’s lineup tonight because of a sore right calf, causing manager John Farrell to adjust his original lineup that was posted in the clubhouse.

Instead of Ortiz at designated hitter the Red Sox will start A.J. Pierzynski at DH (and in the cleanup spot) against the Braves. Farrell indicated that the team doesn’t think it’s a serious injury for Ortiz, who played two games in the field at first base during interleague matchups earlier this week.

Ortiz played 50 of the Red Sox’s first 52 games, hitting .270 with 12 homers and an .877 OPS.

  1. sportsdrenched - May 29, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    I don’t get why injuries to a player’s livestock cause them not to be able to play a baseball game. Are they that upset about it?

    • professor30 - May 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      He was going to enter it in the county fair this weekend. He’s pretty broken up about it, the thing had blue ribbon written all over it.

    • proudlycanadian - May 29, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      Have you seen the price of steaks lately? That calf is valuable.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 29, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      This reminds me of the scene from the Wire where the editor talks to a reporter about the difference between evacuating people and evacuating a building.

      Note: there is a HUGE difference.

  2. dan1111 - May 30, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    I was about to say “Pierzynski in the cleanup spot? That’s ridiculous!” But then I looked at the Sox line up last night.

    Crap, he really was the fourth best hitter. At least it worked, somehow.

    • 18thstreet - May 30, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      You know what’s amazing to me? How integral Daniel Nava was to the team’s plans. His (as yet unexplained) collapse really messes with the team’s depth to a remarkable degree.

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