John Farrell on David Ortiz: 'It's unfortunate that innuendo continues to follow him'

July 08, 2014 - 1:06 pm

As one may have expected, Red Sox manager John Farrell came to the defense of David Ortiz amidst another controversy surrounding the slugger and his link to performance-enhancing drugs. Ortiz reacted strongly Monday to claims that he was given a "free pass" for appearing on a list of major leaguers to test positive for PEDs in a 2003 report, telling, "You don'€™t get no free pass here, especially a guy like me. I don'€™t get no free pass. That free pass B.S. that they want to talk about over there, they can shove it up their [expletive]." Farrell backed his slugger. "The 2003 test I think that's being referred to, I don't know how many times David has been tested since then, whatever that number is I'm sure it's a very high one," Farrell said Tuesday. "He's tested clean every single time. It's unfortunate that the innuendo continues to follow him. He's a heck of a player, one hell of a hitter and there's no reason other than hard work and talent that's produced that." Ortiz was brought into a conversation that began with John Lackey expressing his issues with Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz following his PED suspension last season. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter responded to Lackey's comments by saying, "We need to all make sure we check our own backyard before we start looking at someone else's." Those comments led to a conversation on MLB Network that sparked Ortiz's protest. When asked if there's a way erase that innuendo following Ortiz, Farrell said, "It's going to be dependent on who's asked the question."