The Red Sox put ailing designated hitter David Ortiz back on the DL with a right Achilles strain, but the slugger has yet to close the door on a potential return later this season. Football spreads
Ortiz will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in the area of the strain, something he is saying works 60 to 70% of the time.
After the injection, the team will decide whether the 36-year-old slugger will be in a position to play again this season. Ortiz received similar treatment after knee surgery in November 2007 and he marveled at its healing powers.
“I had it done before and I believe in that big time,” he said. “We failed to get it done [earlier] because we thought that wasn’t needed in my case, but at this stage, at that point, appears like I got to get through it. When I heard them talking about it this morning it made me happy.”
“There’s nothing that I want to have fixed for now,” he claimed. “That’s part of the reason why I want to watch out with it because I do not want to get to the point where I’m playing sore. If you’re sore you know that your body is telling you something. And if you continue [to play hurt] then it causes you to have surgery.”
The 8-time All-Star will have shockwave therapy after the season ends. That procedure was a consideration in the last few days but the recovery period runs about 4 or 5 weeks, basically the remainder of the season. Ortiz wanted to take every step to return in 2012.
Ortiz missed 35 games after he was placed on the disabled list on July 17 with the injury. The Boston Red Sox went 13-22 during his absence. He was activated on Friday and went 2 for 4, including a 1st-inning double and 2 RBIs against Kansas City, but felt soreness after the double and did not play Saturday night or Sunday.
Before his injury, Ortiz was having his best season in years, hitting .318 with 23 home runs, 60 RBIs and 1.026 OPS. The inspiring production spurred talk that the organization will pursue a new contract with Ortiz once the current 1 year agreement expires.
Ortiz reiterated his desire to stay in Red Sox.
The slugger recounted that his time on the sidelines has made it tricky to gauge the fan’s reaction to the blockbuster trade with L.A. However, he reinforced his need to come back by discussing about the trade and grouping himself with the plan going forward.
“I think what happened in the trade, it’s a 50/50 situation where the team, like our General Manager recounted, we’ve had the past two years where we did not have what we were looking for, which was winning,” Ortiz added. “We’ve got good players but it wasn’t in a position to get to the point where we wanted it to be. [We have] some money and can get some good players. If it’s going to be like that we don’t know yet. We must wait till next year to see, the players we brought in and how we perform.