David Ortiz

David Ortiz: 'Dehydrating is part of being human'

March 25, 2015 - 7:57 am

After being questioned for taking time off at spring training due to dehydration, David Ortiz detailed his health situation to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford and vowed to be ready to go soon. Ortiz said the dehydration issue led to him becoming sick, and the Red Sox medical staff decided it would be best for him to rest. "Everything just tied up on me and I started feeling sore. I couldn't run," he explained. "I've had it before. The minute I started feeling that way I went to the doctor and they already knew. "I don't know why people would criticize. Dehydrating is part of being human. You know how hot it's been down here? I dehydrate and then I caught a bad cold. So all these symptoms get all your joints tied up, which normally happens. I started feeling soreness, so they shut me down. Now I'm starting to regroup and feel better. I have this thing I've got to manage the right way." Ortiz has made 19 plate appearance this spring (he had 40 last year), and he said he isn't concerned with his limited preseason action. He noted that he has been working on his swing, although he's still feeling sore. "I've got to be smart about it. I'm not 20 anymore, and this ball club needs me for the season," he said. "I see people getting worried about me in spring training and I'm like, 'What's going on? I thought the season was more important than spring training.' But I understand. I get the memo. I know when people don't see you playing out there, which is something everybody normally does, they start worrying. But everything is going to be fine for the season. "Opening Day is a big deal, but not to me. It's just another day. I want to be good for the season. I want to be able to do what I do for the season, and that's what I'm worried about right now. I'm not really worried about stressing out about spring training. Spring training doesn't mean [expletive] for me." Ortiz is scheduled to play in Thursday's game against the Twins at JetBlue Park, although that is not set in stone. And Ortiz said people shouldn't be concerned about him until the season opens with a game in Philadelphia on April 6. "I think what I've been through through the years in spring trainings, I think people should be like, 'I'm going to start worry about David Ortiz on April 6,' " he said. "That is what we're here for. People need to focus on what the young players do during spring training, the guys who need to impress the manager. But a guy like me? You don't worry about me anymore. I get it. I'll be fine. I want to be good to go to play in a couple of games, and get things set up."