David Ortiz says balky back is nothing to worry about

Rob Bradford
August 21, 2013 - 3:55 pm

SAN FRANCISCO '€“ David Ortiz said not to worry. The first baseman/designated hitter was forced to leave Wednesday'€™s game at AT&T Park in the fifth inning after experiencing lower back tightness. It is an issue that first cropped up Monday, and hadn'€™t subsided by the time the Red Sox'€™ series finale with the Giants came around. '€œIt kind of grabbed me a little bit in my first at-bat,'€ said Ortiz after his team'€™s 12-1 win over the Giants. '€œI was trying to fight through it. It'€™s not anything bad. It'€™s just a little tight. The manager just decided to pull me out because I wasn'€™t feeling good. '€œI'€™ll probably be fine. I'€™m not really concerned about it. I think I'€™ll be fine.'€ Ortiz first complained about his back when talking to WEEI.com following the Red Sox'€™ win Monday night, citing the day of traveling as a possible cause. He ended up playing in the field for 12 of the series'€™ 27 innings. '€œI came out of the airplane like that,'€ he said. '€œI can'€™t really tell (what caused it). But I feel it when I'€™m playing or when I'€™m hitting. Hopefully it goes away. '€¦ It doesn'€™t usually feel like this.'€ Ortiz also continued to question the Red Sox'€™ schedule, which will have John Farrell'€™s team on the road for all but three of a 19-game stretch. '€œI'€™m telling you, I don'€™t know who did this schedule,'€ he said. '€œIt probably is a Yankees fan.'€ With the Red Sox'€™ carrying an off day Thursday, Ortiz did express how much he is looking forward to seeing some of his former teammates during the upcoming series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. '€œCC [Carl Crawford], AG [Adrian Gonzalez] and JB [Josh Beckett], they'€™re my boys out there,'€ said Ortiz, who later relayed he is also looking forward to catching up with an other former Red Sox who was sent to LA in last season'€™s mega-trade, Nick Punto. '€œIt will be cool to see my boys out there.'€ Regarding Gonzalez, in particular, Ortiz said, '€œHe'€™s a good dude and a great player. I always wish him the best, same thing with CC and JB.'€ The Sox DH also took a moment to reflect on what has transpired since his team completed one of the biggest trades in major league history, last Aug. 25. '€œIt went fast,'€ he said. '€œIt seems like it happened yesterday. But I tell you what '€“ the way they'€™re playing it tells you '€¦ Things have gotten better over there. Things have gotten better over here. They'€™re making the GMs look like geniuses.'€