Just when it looked like the Boston Red Sox were getting healthy enough to be a real threat for one of the two American League Wild Card berths, All-Star David Ortiz injures his Achilles during a game against the White Sox, and everyone in Red Sox Nation panics.
UPDATE: Tuesday, October 9, 4:40 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
David Ortiz had ultrasound treatment on Monday to ensure that fully recovers from his Achilles injury.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reported, "The procedure, which was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital, was strictly precautionary and done in an attempt for Ortiz to have a seamless transition into the offseason."
The news regarding Ortiz' injury continues to suggest that he will be completely healthy for the start of next season.
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UPDATE: Monday, August 27, 11:50 a.m. ET by Adam Wells
Anyone who watched Ortiz on Friday night could tell that he was far from ready to be running around on his injured Achilles.
It turns out the Red Sox noticed it and have placed Ortiz back on the Disabled List, according to Tom Caron of NESN.
Ortiz to DL, will receive an injection, undergo a week of treatment on Achilles. Still hopes to return this year. Kalish activated #RedSox— Tom Caron (@TomCaron) August 27, 2012
Considering the direction the Red Sox are taking in light of the blockbuster trade over the weekend, unless he is able to return this year, it is not inconceivable to think we have seen Ortiz play his last game with the team.
That is just speculation on my part, but are the Red Sox going to be willing to invest more than one year and the amount of money it will take to keep a soon-to-be 37-year-old DH coming off an injury?
Just like the regular season, it is going to be an interesting, at times volatile, winter in Boston for the Red Sox.
UPDATE: Thursday, August 23, 4:00 p.m. EDT by Tim Keeney
It appears as though the struggling Red Sox will soon get a much-needed return from David Ortiz (via the Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson):
Valentine: Ortiz "hopefully" to be activated Friday. Ran today without incident.— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) August 23, 2012
This couldn't come at a better time for Boston, as the Sox have lost seven of their last 10 and have dropped to six games under .500. They are eight-and-a-half games out of the Wild Card race.
Ortiz, who has been out since July 16, is hitting .316 on the year with 23 home runs and 58 RBI. Boston will welcome him with open arms.
UPDATE: Wednesday, July 25, 9:10 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
The Boston Red Sox have seen star third-baseman Alex Rodriguez go down with a serious injury for the divisional foe New York Yankees, and they may be able to capitalize on the advantage with the news that their own injured slugger David Ortiz is on the right track to return soon.
WEEI Boston is reporting about the progress the Red Sox star is making:
In a text message to WEEI.com, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz wrote that he received clearance to remove the protective boot from his right foot Tuesday and will have his strained Achilles tendon re-evaluated Friday with the hope of swinging a bat this weekend.
With Boston sitting 9.5 games out of first place in the American League East and four games out of the wildcard spots, August and September have to be when the team gets hot. A returning Ortiz would make that task much easier.
It is shaping up to be a wild run towards the playoffs across MLB.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 18, 3:10 p.m. ET by Donald Wood
While there was hope around Red Sox nation that slugger David Ortiz and his injured Achilles would return to the lineup sooner rather than later, a second opinion has the team vying on the side of caution and placing the veteran on the disabled list.
WEEI 93.7 FM Boston is reporting about Ortiz’s status straight from head coach Bobby Valentine’s mouth:
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in his weekly interview on WEEI's The Big Show, said that the second opinion on David Ortiz's injured right Achilles aligned with the first diagnosis, suggesting that the DH will be unavailable for 10-14 days as a result of the injury he incurred on Monday while running the bases after Adrian Gonzalez's home run. As such, Valentine said, Ortiz will be placed on the 15-day disabled list. In his absence, slugger Mauro Gomez has been called back up from Triple-A Pawtucket.
The already tough season in Boston is getting tougher by the day and the news of Ortiz heading to the DL only makes things worse.
If there was any hope that the Red Sox could have made a comeback in the American League and snagged that last wildcard spot, it was likely squashed with Ortiz's placement on the DL.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, July 17, 12:30 p.m. ET by Eric Ball
David Ortiz may be placed on the 15-day disabled list in the next few days.
An MRI on his right Achilles tendon convinced team doctors to place Ortiz in a protective boot for a week, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Team doctors will reevaluate the injury in a week to determine if the injury is significant enough to place Ortiz on the DL.
He will be flying to Miami in the next two days to get a second opinion, according to the report.
The good news for Ortiz and the Red Sox is that the Achilles has not been torn or ruptured, and the worst-case scenario is a stint on the disabled list.
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The news doesn't appear to be all that bad. According to a report NESN.com, Ortiz and manager Bobby Valentine do not believe the injury to be that bad, and Ortiz might end up missing a few games.
Ortiz, who leads Boston in nearly every offensive category this season, could be headed for a few days on the shelf. The All-Star tweaked his Achilles tendon while rounding second base on Monday night, and it appeared the slugger could be in for a long recovery. But after the game both Valentine and Ortiz revealed that the injury appears minor, but it could still cost Ortiz a few days.
If you want to look at the glass half-full, the Red Sox did get Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz and Carl Crawford back over the weekend. They are starting to look like the team everyone expected them to be in spring training.
On the glass half-empty side, whenever a player or two comes back, another one seems to go down. Ortiz is the latest in a string of injuries the Red Sox have had all season. It is a testament to their depth that they are as close to a playoff spot as they are right now.
Ortiz's injury doesn't sound serious, so the panic should cease for at least a couple of days. We will have all the latest news and information about Ortiz's injury as it becomes available.