|David Ortiz headed for second opinion on Achilles||07.17.12 at 6:30 pm ET|
David Ortiz said Tuesday he will wear a protective boot for a week and then be reevaluated after that. Ortiz will fly to Miami this week to get a second opinion.
Ortiz said the team was going to wait until after the results of the second opinion before deciding on whether or not the designated hitter would go on the 15-day disabled list. It has been determined that there is no tear or rupture to the achilles.
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Ortiz also said that he was initially very concerned when first feeling the pain while rounding second base during Adrian Gonzalez‘ eighth-inning home run Monday.
“I was worried about because it got really sore,” said Ortiz, who underwent the MRI at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday. “I never felt that pain before. I didn’t think it was too bad, but I knew it was going to keep me out for a while.”
“I talked with some of the medical staff, they thought the 24-hour wait at least is something that gives you a different opinion sometimes,” added manager Bobby Valentine. “We’ll wait at least the 24 hours and probably into tomorrow … maybe until we get a second opinion.”
While Ortiz said the injury is in the same area as the spot he was struck with bursitis last August – forcing him to miss nine games – it was not the same injury.
For now, the Red Sox will play with 24 players, a situation Valentine is very familiar with this season.
“I think most teams do it, so we have weathered the storm I think,” Valentine said. “I don’t think the players are affected by it at all. I just deal with it as if someone came out of the game in the first inning with a hamstring or something and you’re playing the rest of the game.”
On Tuesday, Daniel Nava filled in for Ortiz at DH and batted third. There is the chance Carl Crawford could eventually fill in as DH as Ortiz heals.
“I have all of those options,” Valentine said. “We can rotate guys through if we want. I don’t see one person sticking out as someone we’re going to put there and say he’s replacing David. Ortiz is the designated hitter, you don’t do that. I think we’ll get some combinations of people to help us score runs.”
Ortiz leads the American League in OPS at 1.024 while also hitting .316 with 23 homers in 89 games.
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