David Ortiz

No fracture, but David Ortiz day-to-day after suffering foot contusion

August 24, 2014 - 1:08 pm
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Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was forced from Sunday's game against the Mariners after suffering contusion on his right foot. Ortiz exited after favoring the foot while rounding first base on a single to deep right field. Upon returning to the base, the DH walked off the field with manager John Farrell. The initial injury seemingly occurred in the fourth inning with one out when Ortiz fouled a ball off the inside of his foot, sending the DH to the ground while bringing on the Red Sox training staff. An initial fluoroscan on the foot after Ortiz was removed from the game did not show a fracture. "He's day-to-day. The foul ball off the foot obviously after he hits a ball off the wall in right and can only get to first base. It's a contusion. The fluoroscan at this point proved negative. No fractures of any kind based on that test," said Farrell. "We'll check him once we get to the ballpark tomorrow and obviously throughout the night tonight. Ortiz reached two more times (single, walk) in his four plate appearances, making it 20 times he has safely gotten on base in his last 26 plate appearances. While Kelly Johnson -- who entered as a pinch-runner -- hit a double in his first plate appearance, the fact that Johnson rather than Ortiz was at the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, ultimately striking out to conclude the Sox' 8-6 loss, represented a source of some frustration for the Sox. "Anytime you lose David Ortiz out of your lineup, it's a hole. That'€™s not to take anything away from Kelly Johnson who doubled in his first at-bat. We'd like to have David up at the plate more often than the four or five times a night to begin with," said Farrell. "It's someone that we miss, who's been a main cog in our offense daily and year-to-date. Hopefully this is just a short-lived loss in the lineup for him."

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