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David Ortiz thought his foot was broken (but it’s not)

08.25.14 at 4:24 pm ET
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TORONTO — Even thought David Ortiz was still hobbling around the visiting clubhouse at Rogers Centre Monday — sitting out of the starting lineup in the Red Sox‘€™ series opener against the Blue Jays —  the designated hitter felt he dodged a bullet.

Ortiz feared the worst after fouling a ball off his right foot during the fourth inning of the Red Sox’€™ loss Sunday afternoon.

There were no broken bones, just a lot of pain (and inflammation).

“It was not good. I thought I broke something, or something like that,” Ortiz explained. “This morning I got up, I had breakfast, took some anti-inflammatories and went back to sleep. Four hours later the swelling was reduced a little bit. If it happens tomorrow I might be able to play if I’€™m not hurting as bad as I am right now.

“I can’€™t put much weight on yet. Yesterday, my last at-bat, I took a swing and missed and it didn’€™t feel right. Then once I hit I tried to take off running and you guys saw what happened. It should have been a double but I couldn’€™t get it done. So, we’€™ll see. Hopefully it’€™s better tomorrow and if I’€™m able to run I’€™ll play.”

Ortiz explained that foul ball might have been the most painful he had incurred throughout his career.

“Yeah, I think I got away with [stuff] right there. It is what it is,” he said. “The ball that I hit yesterday off my foot ‘€¦ I hit balls off my foot ball the time, but I think that was the worst I’€™ve ever hit a ball off my foot. I went straight to the ground. It was a pitch that was cutting in. It seemed like the same velocity coming in was the same velocity going at my foot. That’€™s why I say I got away with something, not having anything broken.”

Mike Napoli takes Ortiz’ spot at designated hitter, with Allen Craig filling in at first base.

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