David Ortiz

David Ortiz thought his foot was broken (but it's not)

Rob Bradford
August 25, 2014 - 12:24 pm

TORONTO -- Even thought David Ortiz was still hobbling around the visiting clubhouse at Rogers Centre Monday -- sitting out of the starting lineup in the Red Sox'€™ series opener against the Blue Jays --  the designated hitter felt he dodged a bullet. Ortiz feared the worst after fouling a ball off his right foot during the fourth inning of the Red Sox'€™ loss Sunday afternoon. There were no broken bones, just a lot of pain (and inflammation). "It was not good. I thought I broke something, or something like that," Ortiz explained. "This morning I got up, I had breakfast, took some anti-inflammatories and went back to sleep. Four hours later the swelling was reduced a little bit. If it happens tomorrow I might be able to play if I'€™m not hurting as bad as I am right now. "I can'€™t put much weight on yet. Yesterday, my last at-bat, I took a swing and missed and it didn'€™t feel right. Then once I hit I tried to take off running and you guys saw what happened. It should have been a double but I couldn'€™t get it done. So, we'€™ll see. Hopefully it'€™s better tomorrow and if I'€™m able to run I'€™ll play." Ortiz explained that foul ball might have been the most painful he had incurred throughout his career. "Yeah, I think I got away with [stuff] right there. It is what it is," he said. "The ball that I hit yesterday off my foot '€¦ I hit balls off my foot ball the time, but I think that was the worst I'€™ve ever hit a ball off my foot. I went straight to the ground. It was a pitch that was cutting in. It seemed like the same velocity coming in was the same velocity going at my foot. That'€™s why I say I got away with something, not having anything broken." Mike Napoli takes Ortiz' spot at designated hitter, with Allen Craig filling in at first base.