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Ortiz to seek second opinion

No tear, but HD will miss time

By Michael Vega
Globe Staff / July 18, 2012
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David Ortiz underwent an MRI Tuesday that revealed the Red Sox designated hitter did not have a tear or rupture of his right Achilles’ tendon.

Ortiz, who suffered the injury when he stepped on the bag rounding second on Adrian Gonzalez’s three-run home run in the eighth inning of Monday night’s 5-1 victory over the White Sox, will seek a second opinion in Miami Wednesday before a decision is made whether to place him on the 15-day disabled list. He is expected to be out at least a week if he’s not placed on the DL.

“Talking with some of the medical staff, they thought a 24-hour wait at least was something that gives you a different opinion sometimes,’’ said manager Bobby Valentine. “So we’ll wait at least 24 hours, or at least until tomorrow, maybe until we get a second opinion.’’

Wearing a walking boot, Ortiz showed up at the Red Sox clubhouse to receive treatment.

“There’s some inflammation in there and I’m planning on going for a second opinion and see if something happened,’’ Ortiz said before Tuesday night’s game. “Just got to go for the second opinion and see what’s up.’’

Asked if the team had discussed the possibility of placing him on the DL, Ortiz said, “We haven’t decided yet. After my second opinion, we’ll decide what to do.’’

Ortiz said he was in “a lot of pain’’ when he woke up Tuesday morning.

“Today was worse than yesterday when it comes down to soreness,’’ Ortiz said. “But it’s not torn, which is good.’’

Ortiz dealt with right heel bursitis last August. But, he said, “This is different. It’s the same area, but a little more soreness initially.’’

At no time, however, did Ortiz fear his season was over.

“I didn’t feel any pop, which was the first thing the doctor asked me [Monday] night,’’ he said. “He asked if I felt a pop, and I didn’t feel any of that.’’

Ortiz’s injury was emblematic of the Sox’ string of bad luck with injuries this season.

“It’s crazy, man,” Ortiz said. “One comes out, another one goes in. It’s like a roller coaster. But we’ll see. Hopefully it doesn’t take too long.”

Daniel Nava replaced Ortiz in the lineup at DH, hitting third.

Asked how he planned to assert his leadership, now that he was out of the mix, Ortiz smiled and said, “Just act like a cheerleader. There’s not much I can do about it right now.’’

Rotation shift

While Valentine refrained from naming his starter for Thursday night’s game, saying he wanted to wait to see what the White Sox did with their rotation, it appears Franklin Morales would no longer be in the mix after he was sent to the bullpen.

The 26-year-old lefthander made five starts and compiled a 3.42 ERA while allowing 10 earned runs in 26 innings. He also struck out 31 while allowing just eight walks.

Morales’s return to the pen gives the team versatility — an additional lefty reliever who could make a spot start.

The end of the six-man rotation will mean that Clay Buchholz will likely draw the start Thursday night. It will be Buchholz’s second start since coming off the DL (stomach).

DH by committee?

With Ortiz out for at least the next week, Valentine was asked if he would use the opportunity to utilize different players in the DH spot to give some a day off in the field.

“I have all those options,’’ he 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 as the designated hitter. You don’t do that.

“But I think we’ll get some combinations of people that will help us score some runs.’’

Asked why he decided to go with Nava Tuesday night, Valentine said, “I thought getting someone who was a credible hitter, and slotting him into the No. 3 spot was the least disruptive. Dan just came out of the lineup after hitting a game-winning home run [Sunday at Tampa Bay].’’

Valentine had considered penciling in Nava at left field and making Carl Crawford the DH, but the manager explained he didn’t want to disrupt Crawford’s flow after he made his 2012 debut Monday night.

“I talked to Carl about that,’’ Valentine said. “Second day back, I want him to get a flow of the game. And DHing isn’t a way to get into the flow of the game.’’

Stealing the spotlight

Jacoby Ellsbury and Crawford reached base in the first inning on back-to-back singles and each recorded their first stolen base of the season . . . White Sox DH Adam Dunn recorded his first stolen bases of the season, and first since Aug. 16, 2008, at Houston. Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia bobbled the ball and did not even make a throw . . . Jon Lester allowed two runs in the first inning. It marked the ninth consecutive start he has allowed at least one run in the first inning, extending his AL-leading streak . . . Kevin Youkilis recorded his eighth homer of the season, clobbering a 3-and-2 pitch from Lester for a three-run homer that gave the White Sox a 6-2 lead . . . Former Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald, who wound up getting claimed by the Yankees was designated for assignment by New York Tuesday to make room for CC Sabathia.

Michael Vega can be reached at vega@globe.com.

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