David Ortiz scratched as a precaution due to right calf soreness

May 29, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Prior to Thursday's series finale against the Atlanta Braves, Red Sox manager John Farrell announced that David Ortiz was scratched from the lineup due to the right calf soreness. A.J. Pierzynski will be the designated hitter and hit fourth in place of Ortiz, who has played in all but one game so far this season. Farrell says that the Ortiz's scratch is precautionary. "Soreness and tightness," Farrell said. "Precautionary in nature, just have to manage the condition and the situation that he's dealing with," Ortiz first aggravated his calf during spring training, but has played through the injury to this point in the season. Ortiz struggled during the team's 10-game losing streak, hitting .118/.231/.118 with no extra base hits, five walks and eight strikeouts. In the team's three wins since, Ortiz is 3-for-10 with one home run and five RBI. Ortiz's injury is believed by the Sox to be unrelated to the Achilles injury that ended his 2012 season. "From the report I have, it's a separate issue," Farrell said. "We're dealing with a lower extremity so I think coming off the volume, David has been great in terms of the preventative maintenance and the care that he's got to go through and yet after two full days at first base and another DH last night, it was best to hold him out tonight." Farrell said that Thursday's day off has more to do with managing the situation in hopes of the injury not becoming a bigger issue moving forward. "Hopefully he'll be back in the lineup tomorrow," Farrell said. "This is precautionary and want to not put him at risk any further."