Page last updated on Thu Mar 26 23:37:07 EDT 2015
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 07:26 AM EDT

With Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz now on the 15-day DL with a right Achilles strain, his teammates realize they’re going to have to pick up the slack till the slugger makes a return to lineup.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine claimed during last Wednesday’s pregame meeting that Ortiz would be out “a week to 10 days” before he’s able to come back to the lineup. But Ortiz’s DL status means he will be out till at least August 1.

Ortiz suffered the injury during last Monday’s 5-1 triumph over the White Sox when he was circling around the bases after colleague Adrian Gonzalez crushed a 3-run homer in the 8th inning.

“He’s been our best hitter, our MVP so far this year and he’s carried us the entire 1st half,” Gonzalez asserted. “It’s going to take a team effort to make up for his loss.”

Ortiz had an MRI in Boston and traveled to Miami for a 2nd opinion before the decision was made to put him on the disabled list.

“Obviously, David’s our All-Star and he’s been the most important hitter in the lineup and the biggest force,” Red Sox infielder Nick Punto said. “It’s a big hit, but we have been taking hits all season long and we should survive it. The mood in this clubhouse is we must survive it because we’ve dealt with injuries all season long. Odds

“To be where we would like to be in October, we need to get through it. We have moving parts and guys who will fill in that part, but they are absolutely big shoes to fill.”

The injury couldn’t have occurred at less convenient time for the Red Sox, given that Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury latterly returned to the lineup. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia (thumb) also is ready to be activated from the disabled list.

“We were really excited to have Jacoby back and Carl and we had that one night (last Monday) where we had our lineup virtually fully intact without (Pedroia), and then you take a blow like that,” Punto recounted. “We’ll get to full strength and when we do, we have got a really good team.

“Hopefully, we just get hot at the correct time. All great teams get hot and win a lot of games in a row. We haven’t done that yet, but this team has that it in them and when we’re able to that point, we’ll be in good shape.”

Ortiz leads the Boston Red Sox in batting average (.316), home runs (23), RBIs (58), runs (65) and walks (56) in 89 games this season; he is the only player in the majors leading his team outright in all 5 classes. He also has at least a hit and a walk in 10 games in a row, breaking Ted Williams’ club record set in 1950.

To fill his spot on the check-list, Red Sox recalled Mauro Gomez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

“We’re really going to miss him, although he’s only on the 15-day disabled list,” Crawford related. “It’s a big dissatisfaction for us, and we’re definitely going to miss him.

Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
BASKETBALL 3/10/2015 - 4/15/2015
2/10/2015 - 3/9/2015
HOCKEY 3/10/2015 - 4/11/2015
2/10/2015 - 3/9/2015
RK Team
Notre Dame
Wichita State
West Virginia
College BasketballWest Virginia vs Kentucky6:45 PM PST
NHLAvalanche at Canucks7:00 PM PST
College BasketballXavier vs Arizona7:15 PM PST
NBAPistons vs Magic4:05 PM PST
NBAClippers vs 76ers4:05 PM PST
NBAHornets vs Wizards4:05 PM PST
College BasketballUCLA vs Gonzaga4:15 PM PST
NBAHeat vs Hawks4:35 PM PST
NBACavaliers vs Nets4:35 PM PST
NBACeltics vs Knicks4:35 PM PST
NBALakers vs Raptors4:35 PM PST
College BasketballNC State vs Louisville4:35 PM PST
NHLFlames at Wild5:00 PM PST
NBATimberwolves vs Rockets5:05 PM PST
NBAWarriors vs Grizzlies5:05 PM PST
NBAKings vs Pelicans5:05 PM PST
NHLBlue Jackets at Blackhawks5:30 PM PST
NBAMavericks vs Spurs5:35 PM PST
NBAJazz vs Nuggets6:05 PM PST
NHLStars at Oilers6:30 PM PST
College BasketballUtah vs Duke6:45 PM PST
NBABlazers vs Suns7:05 PM PST
College BasketballMichigan State vs Oklahoma7:05 PM PST
NHLPredators at Capitals09:30 AM PST
NHLRangers at Bruins10:00 AM PST
NHLDucks at Islanders10:00 AM PST
NHLSharks at Flyers10:00 AM PST
NHLCoyotes at Penguins10:00 AM PST
NHLLightning at Red Wings11:00 AM PST
NHLSenators at Maple Leafs4:00 PM PST
NHLPanthers at Canadiens4:00 PM PST
NHLDevils at Hurricanes4:00 PM PST
NHLKings at Wild5:00 PM PST
NHLSabres at Avalanche6:00 PM PST
NHLStars at Canucks7:00 PM PST
NHLCapitals at Rangers12:00 PM PST
NHLRed Wings at Islanders2:00 PM PST
NHLBruins at Hurricanes2:00 PM PST
NHLFlames at Predators2:00 PM PST
NHLPanthers at Senators2:00 PM PST
NHLDucks at Devils4:00 PM PST
NHLBlackhawks at Jets4:30 PM PST
NHLSharks at Penguins4:30 PM PST
NHLLightning at Canadiens4:30 PM PST
NHLCanucks at Blues5:00 PM PST
NHLKings at Blackhawks5:30 PM PST
NHLFlames at Stars5:30 PM PST
NHLOilers at Avalanche6:00 PM PST
NHLSabres at Coyotes7:00 PM PST
NHLHurricanes at Capitals4:00 PM PST
NHLDevils at Blue Jackets4:00 PM PST
NHLPanthers at Bruins4:00 PM PST
NHLLightning at Maple Leafs4:30 PM PST
NHLSenators at Red Wings4:30 PM PST
NHLCanucks at Predators5:00 PM PST
NHLRangers at Jets5:00 PM PST
NHLMaple Leafs at Sabres4:30 PM PST
NHLFlyers at Penguins5:00 PM PST
NHLOilers at Ducks7:00 PM PST
NHLAvalanche at Sharks7:30 PM PST
NHLIslanders at Blue Jackets4:00 PM PST
NHLCapitals at Canadiens4:30 PM PST
NHLHurricanes at Panthers4:30 PM PST
NHLLightning at Senators4:30 PM PST
NHLBruins at Red Wings4:30 PM PST
NHLFlames at Blues5:00 PM PST
NHLRangers at Wild5:00 PM PST
NHLCanucks at Blackhawks5:30 PM PST
NHLOilers at Kings7:30 PM PST
NHLBlackhawks at Sabres4:00 PM PST
NHLCanadiens at Devils4:00 PM PST
NHLBlues at Stars5:30 PM PST
NHLAvalanche at Ducks7:00 PM PST
NHLCoyotes at Sharks7:00 PM PST
UFCL Murphy vs L Carmouche08:00 AM PST
UFCA Yakovlev vs G Maynard08:00 AM PST
UFCT Johnson vs S Abdurahimov08:00 AM PST
UFCJ Jones vs R Stallings08:00 AM PST
UFCR Lamas vs C Mendes10:00 AM PST
UFCA Iaquinta vs J Masvidal10:00 AM PST
UFCM Clarke vs M Chiesa10:00 AM PST
UFCM Dudieva vs J Pena10:00 AM PST
UFCR Peralta vs C Guida10:00 AM PST
UFCD Ferreira vs D Poirier10:00 AM PST
NHLFlyers at Hurricanes10:00 AM PST
NHLPenguins at Blue Jackets11:00 AM PST
NHLCanucks at Jets12:00 PM PST
NHLMaple Leafs at Bruins4:00 PM PST
NHLCapitals at Senators4:00 PM PST