David Ortiz

David Ortiz sent home before Sunday's game with upper respiratory illness

John Tomase
July 12, 2015 - 3:22 pm

The Red Sox dropped their first-half finale to the Yankees, 8-6, on Sunday, and one notable absence late in the game when the Red Sox possibly could've used a pinch hitter was David Ortiz. It turns out the slugger wasn't even in the park, sent home by the team's doctors before the game because of an upper respiratory illness. "David was sent home before the game and was not available in any capacity today," manager John Farrell said. "This came on throughout the game last night. Was checked here this morning and doctor's instructions was to leave the ballpark." Had Ortiz been able to play, there's a good chance he would've started at first base in place of rookie Travis Shaw, who went 0-for-2 before being replaced by veteran Mike Napoli, who grounded a single while going 1-for-2. Farrell said that Ortiz will be checked on during the All-Star break, and the hope is that he doesn't miss any more time. He added that Ortiz's illness didn't catch him by surprise. "It was questionable," Farrell said when asked if he knew on Saturday night that Ortiz wouldn't be able to play. "Even when I talked with him after the game and a couple of text messages last night, couple more this morning, then saw him in person here. The doctor sent him home."