David Ortiz

David Ortiz returns to the lineup, Xander Bogaerts sits vs. Rangers

John Tomase
May 30, 2015 - 3:54 pm

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Big Papi is back in the lineup. Whether he's "Back" with a capital B remains to be seen. After taking two days off to work on his swing, Ortiz started at designated hitter and returned to the No. 3 spot in the batting order on Saturday night against the Rangers. Manager John Farrell said before the game that he believes Ortiz made progress during his time away, particularly integrating his legs into his swing. "I think he was able to detect some things with his back leg, where he might have been coming off a little bit early and not driving against a firm front side," Farrel said. "That'€™s what pictures revealed of current, recent swing path versus his recent history where he was driving the ball a little bit more consistently. So that in combination with the pitch selection as he's talked about has been the one thing in video review that'€™s been revealed." Ortiz got the start against Rangers righty Chi Chi Gonzalez, who was making his big league debut, and grounded out weakly in his first at-bat. In other lineup news, shortstop Xander Bogaerts got the night off. He was sporting a tight-fitting sleeve on his left forearm before the game to limit the swelling that remains from a fastball he took off the arm in Thursday's series opener. "I got lucky," Bogaerts said. "It hit a little above the main bone. . . . I try to do my best to play every day, try to do my best to be on the field, take care of my body. Stuff like that I can't control. I'm blessed it didn't get me that bad."