David Ortiz Heading Back To Disabled List

Just two days after returning to the lineup, David Ortiz is out again -- this time, possibly for the year.

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David Ortiz Hits 15-Day DL With Heel Injury

In another season, this could have been the Boston Red Sox news everyone was talking about: David Ortiz is on the disabled list with a sore Achilles heel, and he might miss the rest of the season. According to Tom Caron of NESN, Ortiz will get a cortisone shot and a week of treatment before he's reevaluated.

The slugging DH was activated from the DL on Friday, and he went 2-for-4 in his return. But lingering soreness over the weekend kept him out of the lineup. To take his spot on the roster, the Red Sox wil activate Ryan Kalish.

Ortiz is a pending free agent, so there's a chance, albeit unlikely, that Friday's game was the last of his Red Sox career. With the Red Sox continuing to struggle, there probably isn't going to be a tremendous urge to rush Ortiz back out on the field, so at the very least, it's likely that he's played his last game of the season.

Ortiz is currently hitting .318/.415/.611 with 23 homers on the season.

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David Ortiz Could Be Out For The Season

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz returned to the team’s lineup Friday after missing more than a month with an Achilles injury.

He went 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBI, but that might be his last game action of 2012. Mark Daniels of the Boston Herald writes:

… he aggravated the injury after hitting a double in the third inning. With 34 games left in a lost season, it doesn’t make much sense for the free agent-to-be to risk further damage.

“We’re talking about (shutting it down) because I just can’t really play like this. I don’t want to be thinking about my foot while I’m facing the opposition, which is what happened to me after I hit that double the other night,” Ortiz said. “My last two at-bats, instead of just focusing on seeing the ball and hitting, I’m thinking about how much is it going to react once I take off running. We’re talking to the doctors and we’re going to have some decisions . . . or whatever just to see how we’re going to approach this.”

As noted, Ortiz is a free agent after this season, and given the shedding of contracts in the massive Red Sox/Dodgers trade Friday, it’s no certainty that Ortiz will be asked to return at age 37 in 2013; he might have played his last game for the Red Sox.

For more on the Red Sox, please visit Over The Monster and SB Nation Boston.

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