While the baseball world and Red Sox management has essentially give up on the club this season, rendering the final 34 games meaningless, David Ortiz wants to return to action and hopes receiving a shot in his sore right Achilles' tendon will help.
The Red Sox placed Ortiz back on the 15-day disabled list today after he experienced more discomfort after returning to the lineup Friday against the Kansas City Royals after missing 35 games, but he believes a Platelet-rich plasma or "PRP" injection that will assist in healing the injury so he can return in September.
"You guys already know, I'd like to be out there playing, helping out," he said before the Sox took on the Royals in the series finale. "The good thing that we talked about today (with doctors) is we're going to try this one PRP injection to see how it goes in next couple of weeks. And if I'm good, I can just go back out there and play."
According to the Mayo Clinic website, PRP is "derived from the patient's own blood, a process that involves spinning a blood sample at high speeds. One byproduct is plasma, which contains a high concentration of platelets — thus the name platelet-rich plasma. Doctors have found that about 70 percent of those receiving PRP therapy showed improvement."
Ortiz, 36, hopes that he is in that 70 percentile. He said the Achilles' tendon is not torn but simply needs rest.
"You guys know I live for this (baseball)," he said. "And there's not one thing that I would like to do more than be out there performing for our fans. I had (PRP) done before and I believe in that big time. The thing that we didn't get it done before because we thought that wasn't a need in my case but at this stage, at this point, I gotta get through it. The doctor brought that up and I want to give it a try."
Ortiz laced a double in his second at-bat Friday and felt discomfort rounding the bases.
"The other day I tried to come back for the reason of the game intensity, I thought I was going to be OK until I hit that double and I had to rush out to second base, I feel that pain because I was running with the game intensity," he said. "The way I feel right now wasn't right."
Ortiz said his next option was going to be "shockwave" treatment, which could have taken as many as five weeks. He said surgery is not necessary.
"That's part of the reason why I want to be careful with it because I don't want to have to get to the point where I keep on playing and if you're sore, you know your body's telling you something," Ortiz said. "And if you continue to just doing damage on top of it from what you already have, then it costs you a surgery. That's why we're trying to be careful."