David Ortiz feeling better, but still idle

BALTIMORE — David Ortiz
did no hitting or running Wednesday as he continued to receive treatment on his strained right Achilles’ tendon, which has had him on the disabled list since July 17.

“He’s trying to get rid of all the soreness,’’ said manager Bobby Valentine. “Until it’s completely gone, they don’t want to start up.’’

It appears that the DH will not be available for this weekend’s three-game series in New York against the Yankees.

“I was hoping it would be weeks, but the doctor told me it was going to be at least a month,’’ Ortiz said.


Asked if the injection he received last week helped with the soreness he had been feeling after workouts, Ortiz said, “Seems like it. It’s improving.

“We’re doing different things now. I’ve been feeling better lately. They don’t want me to be doing too many things, but it’s improving and I’m starting to feel better.’’

While he has engaged in some physical activity under the supervision of Dr. Dan Dyrek, the team’s clinical consultant, Ortiz said he had not done any running lately.

“I’m not going to be doing any running the next few days, I don’t think,’’ he said. “They just want to leave that alone with the regular treatment that we’re doing.’’

Asked if that would represent the last obstacle before returning, Ortiz said, “Hopefully. The thing is, every time I was doing some running, I was still limping and getting too sore, and that’s not what we’re looking for. We’re trying to look for a step forward instead of a step back.’’

Ortiz said when he does return, he is likely going to have to play in some pain.

“I don’t think I’m going to be 100 percent once I get the green light,’’ he said, “because this is something that running doesn’t help, or doing what we do on the field.


“This is something that rest and time off and not doing any banging on it will get you back to 100 percent. But at least the doctors are looking for me not to have any pain, at least when I’m walking.’’

Ortiz said the Red Sox’ place in the standings will have no bearing on when he returns.

“Whenever I’m ready to play, I’m going to play, it doesn’t matter where we’re at,’’ Ortiz said. “I’m here to play baseball.’’

Said Valentine, “I have no idea about David coming back. I pray that he is — this year and next.’’

Tossed around

When Adrian Gonzalez was tossed in the eighth inning of Wednesday night’s 5-3 loss to the Orioles, it was only his second career ejection. It begged the question: What did he do to earn his first heave-ho?

“I chose not to leave home plate on a pitch I got rung up on,’’ said Gonzalez, whose first ejection came May 1, 2010, for the Padres in a game against the Brewers. “I don’t remember if I was leading off the inning or had one out, but we were down two runs and my job was to get on base and I got rung up on a pitch that was a ball.’’

Wednesday night, Gonzalez was ejected after he grounded out to second, taking an evasive swing at a quick-pitch from
Pedro Strop that Gonzalez believed should have been called a ball.

“So when I get ejected, there’s a reason for it,’’ Gonzalez said. “It’s not because I’m mad at the situation. It’s because I’m in a position where I can help the team by starting a rally and the bat gets taken away from me.’’


Bailey available

Andrew Bailey, who made his first appearance Tuesday, the day he was activated from the 60-day disabled list, was available Wednesday night, but was not among the four relievers called upon.

“That’s why he only pitched to the two hitters [Tuesday],’’ Valentine said before the game. “Feels pretty good, as a matter of fact.’’

Bailey, who started the season on the DL after undergoing thumb surgery, entered Tuesday night’s 7-1 loss with two outs in the eighth. He walked the first batter,
Chris Davis, before striking out
Mark Reynolds, who had homered in his two previous at-bats.

Asked what he hoped to see from Bailey in the last five weeks of the season, Valentine replied, “I hope he settles right into being the kind of pitcher that we traded for, and I’m sure he will.’’

38 special

Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak against the Orioles to 38 games. After grounding to first and shortstop in his first two at-bats, Ellsbury broke a scoreless tie with a ground-rule double to center in the fifth. Ellsbury’s streak is the second longest since 1900 for a player against one team behind Vladimir Guerrero’s 44-game streak against the Rangers from 2004-06 . . .
Jarrod Saltalamacchia absorbed a collision with Adam Jones
at home plate that resulted in the second out of the sixth inning. “He hit me good,’’ Saltalmacchia said. “It was one of those plays that was bang-bang and I didn’t have time to react. I just got the ball, turned, and he was there, so I just tried to protect myself as much as I could and hold on to the ball.’’ . . . Felix Doubront is expected to throw a bullpen session Saturday in New York. Doubront, who last pitched Aug. 9, taking the loss in Cleveland, said he hoped to start the opener of a seven-game homestand Tuesday against the Angels. “I think once we get home, he’ll be right back in the saddle,’’ Valentine said . . . Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled Wednesday in his fourth rehab start with Triple A Pawtucket, allowing five runs on five hits in 5⅔ innings . . . Rich Hill, on the 60-day DL with an elbow strain, tossed a scoreless inning with a pair of strikeouts Wednesday in his second rehab appearance in the Gulf Coast League.

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