David Ortiz reminds fans: ‘I like to play no matter what the situation is’
|08.26.12 at 4:12 pm ET|
David Ortiz may be on the verge of being shut down for the season with a right Achilles injury.
But he wants Red Sox fans to know he’d love to play in September, even if the team is already out of playoff contention.
“I don’t really care about that,” Ortiz said Sunday morning. “I like to play. When I’m good, I like to play no matter what the situation is. You guys [media] know that, you guys have been watching me for years. It’s not the first time we’ve been out of contention and me shutting it down for any particular reason. I like to play. I like to be on the field. I know the fans like to come and watch me play like they come watch everyone else play. It’s our job when we are healthy, to be on the field, no question. Nothing else I would like to do more than be on the field. I enjoy that. You have to be healthy for that.”
Ortiz appeared to aggravate his right Achilles injury on Friday night legging out a double.
“Any injury can be really bad if you push it when you’re not ready,” Ortiz said. “In my case, I just want to make sure I’m 100 percent, and if I’m good, I’m good. All you guys know that I love being on the field and doing my thing but you have to be ready for that.
“On my way to be what I want to be but I take no time, and it takes a different process I have to approach. It’s either that or get worse, and I’m not planning on getting worse.”
Ortiz continues to battle lingering soreness and said before Sunday’s game that he should know by the “end of the day” whether he will end his season and focus on fully healing the injury. After Sunday’s game, he modified his sense of the situation, saying “nothing’s changed” and no decision had been made.
Ortiz missed 35 games with the right Achilles injury before returning Friday and going 2-for-4 with a double. It was while rounding first and heading for second on the double that Ortiz felt significant soreness, indicating to him that the injury had not fully healed.
“Thinking about my foot while I’m facing the opposition, which is what happened to me after I hit that double,” Ortiz said Sunday morning. “Instead of just seeing the ball and hitting the ball, I’m thinking about how my foot is going to react once I take off running. We’re talking to the doctors and we’re going to have some decision by the end of the game just to see how we’re going to approach this.”
“We’re just going to give him a couple days to see,” Bobby Valentine said Sunday. “Between the practice and the game, there’s just that little level of adrenaline that differentiates and when he hit the double and he turned to second, he was uncomfortable, whereas he was comfortable doing those things in practice. We’re definitely not going to do anything to jeopardize David’s career.
“David totally wants to do everything he can to be part of this team for as long as he can this year and in the future, so that’s what we’re dealing with.”
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