After going through a range of on-field evaluations with clinical consultant Dan Dyrek before tonight's game against the Royals, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine inserted David Ortiz back in the lineup after the slugger missed 35 games with a strained right Achilles.
They've gone 13-22 in Ortiz's absence.
"I thought the crazy thing with David is that initially it didn't seem like it was going to be very long," Valentine said. "So with each passing day I think the disappointment was more that we didn't have him."
Cody Ross said Ortiz's presence in the lineup is obviously a much-needed boost.
"Any time you lose a player like him, you're probably going to go through a tough patch," said outfielder Cody Ross. "It's definitely nice to have him back."