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Ortiz back on the bench

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 28, 2010 02:05 PM

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Terry Francona, on his paid WEEI gig, said that Victor Martinez would DH today with Jason Varitek catching.

Varitek was 2 for 2 with two home runs against Brett Cecil in a game last May.

For David Ortiz, this would mark the seventh time in 22 games that he does not start, the fourth time in the last eight games. Whether the Red Sox care to put a label on it, he's a platoon DH at this point.

But the problem is Ortiz is at .146/.222/.341 against righhanded pitchers through 41 at-bats. Granted, that's a small sample size. But once Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron get back from the disabled list, it'll be hard to justify using Ortiz as even a platoon DH if Jeremy Hermida (.250/.302/.525) is available.

Big Papi is at a crossroads. If he doesn't start to hit for power soon, the Red Sox will have to consider some uncomfortable possibilities.

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On the subject of Ortiz, when Joe Torre was manager of the Yankees, he always used to have trouble remembering David's nickname for whatever reason.

I can remember being at Fenway for a series a few summers ago and Torre referring to Ortiz as "Big Daddy" and "Big Poppa" and all the beat writers looking at each other wondering if we should correct him.

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