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Manny, Wily Mo joining Papi

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff  August 29, 2006 05:17 PM

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The Red Sox have sent their top three sluggers back to Boston for medical tests, with Manny Ramirez and Wily Mo Pena heading East tonight along with David Ortiz.

All three of the Sox players will be flying back to the area from Oakland tonight.

Ramirez has played in only one of Boston's last five games because of a sore right knee and Pena has missed the last three games due to soreness in his left wrist. Ortiz was scheduled for more tests that were expected to take a few days.

Ortiz felt heart palpitations about 10 days ago and again before Monday night's game in Oakland, when he was a late scratch from the lineup. He returned to Boston for more tests, Red Sox medical director Thomas Gill said Tuesday.

"He will get a clean bill of health before he plays again," manager Terry Francona said Monday in Oakland. "The games are important, but we have a responsibility to do what's right."

Ortiz was admitted to a hospital on Aug. 19 for a full examination and tests. Based on the results of those tests, he was cleared to return when he felt better.

"David had not experienced any additional episodes of palpitations until Monday evening," Gill said. "With the recurrence of these symptoms, we would like David to be fully examined and tested before he is allowed to return to the field."

Ortiz, one of the top contenders for the AL MVP award, is batting .287 with a league-leading 47 homers and 121 RBIs. Ramirez leads the team with a .326 average and also has 34 homers and 100 RBIs; Pena, who went on the DL for seven weeks in May for surgery on his left wrist, has 11 homers and 38 RBIs in just 217 at-bats.

Information above is from The Associated Press.

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