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Ortiz not part of travel plans

DH may meet team on second leg of trip

By Michael Vega
Globe Staff / July 23, 2012
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While his teammates showed up Sunday at Fenway Park with their luggage, David Ortiz did not.

It was a sure sign the designated hitter, recuperating from the strained right Achilles’ that landed him on the 15-day disabled list, would not be accompanying the team to Texas for the start of a six-game trip.

“I’m feeling better, but I’m not going to Texas,’’ Ortiz said. “I’m going to stay back, work out, and get my treatment here. Then I hope to go to New York.”

“Plus, it’s too hot to go to Texas,’’ he added with a chuckle. “First time the schedule’s worked out for me.”

When Ortiz met with reporters last Thursday, he said he hoped to get out of his walking boot in 3-4 days. He added that he hoped to begin taking some swings, but said Sunday he has yet to do any hitting, nor will he do so until he ditches the boot.

“My right foot is the foot I move when I swing the bat,’’ Ortiz said. “So I don’t want to do that until we get this taken care of first and get the inflammation down.’’

Rested and ready

Jacoby Ellsbury, who was given Saturday off, went 2 for 5 in Sunday’s 15-7 loss to the Blue Jays with a pair of runs, and his first homer of the season.

“I knew it was just a matter of time,’’ Ellsbury said. “I was able to put some good swings on the ball, and if you have a good approach, good things will happen.’’

Asked if the day off helped, Ellsbury said, “I like playing, I like playing every day, and the more I play the more comfortable I get. In general, I don’t like taking days off, but you try to make the best of it.’’

Manager Bobby Valentine gave Will Middlebrooks and Carl Crawford Sunday off, in preparation for the trip.

“He’s been playing a lot since the hamstring situation,’’ Valentine said of Middlebrooks. “It’s a situation where day game after night game it might be tested, and I don’t want to test it.’’

Valentine said Crawford’s day off was planned, much like Ellsbury’s.

“I don’t know how much Jacoby’s going to need, but again, Carl didn’t have spring training and Jacoby did,’’ Valentine said. “Jacoby had off yesterday and I don’t know that he’s going to need a whole bunch more.’’

Another step

Andrew Bailey threw a bullpen session of approximately 25 pitches before the game. “It was just like I was getting ready for a game, which was definitely good,’’ he said. “I was throwing everything — fastball, curveball, cutter, changeup — and everything was feeling good.’’ Bailey is expected to throw batting practice Wednesday in Texas. “I’m stoked, I can’t wait to get out there,’’ he said . . . Reliever Scott Atchison, on the DL with right forearm tightness, is due to begin throwing this week. “The plan is to start with some flat-ground long tosses Monday, spin a few breaking balls,’’ he said. “Then Wednesday we’ll throw a bullpen session. Then we’ll re-evaluate and see where we are, but we’ve been shooting to be ready by the end of the 15 days, but we can’t do that until we get an evaluation off the mound.’’ Valentine said he hoped Atchison would begin a rehab assignment Friday.

Hot streak

Adrian Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with a three-run homer and has hit safely in 25 of his last 27 games, batting .391 (43 for 110). He continues to lead the majors with a .411 average (39 for 95) with runners in scoring position . . . The second-inning homers by J.P. Arencibia (three-run) and Rajai Davis marked the fifth time the Blue Jays have gone back-to-back this season . . . The Red Sox have allowed at least one run in the first inning of 17 of their last 21 games at Fenway, giving them a first-inning ERA of 7.03, compared with 3.89 in subsequent frames . . . The Cape League All-Stars held their home run derby at Fenway before the game. Ellsbury watched from the dugout as fellow Oregon State alumnus Dylan Davis, playing for Brewster, homered twice in the first round. Although he was matched by Hyannis’s Blake Davis (Auburn) and Orleans’s Michael Montville (Maryland), in the first round, Davis wound up winning the derby with five total homers.

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

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