David Ortiz said before Sunday afternoon’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays he would not be joining the Red Sox on the first leg of their upcoming six-game, seven-day road trip to Texas and New York.
“I’m feeling better, but I’m not going to Texas,” Ortiz said. “I’m going to stay back, work out and get my treatment here. Then I hope to go to New York.
“Plus, it’s too hot to go to Texas,” he added with a chuckle. “First time the schedule’s worked out for me.”
Ortiz said he would not likely resume any hitting until he got out of his walking boot, which he was sporting yesterday when he arrived the Sox clubhouse.
“My right foot is the foot that moves when I swing the bat,” he explained. “So I don’t want to do that until we get this taken care of first and get the inflammation down.”
Other pregame noteworthy items:
• Will Middlebrooks and Carl Crawford were given a day off. “Going to Texas, and he’s been playing a lot since the hamstring situation,” Valentine said of Middlebrooks. “It’s a situation where day game after night game it might be tested and I don’t want to test it.”
• Jacoby Ellsbury was back in the lineup in the lead-off position after taking a “planned” day off Saturday. Crawford enjoyed one as well Sunday. “I don’t know how much Jacoby’s going to need, but again Carl didn’t have spring training and Jacoby did,” Valentine said. “Jacoby had [a day off] yesterday and I don’t know that he’s going to need a whole bunch more.”
• Scott Atchison, on the DL since July 15 (retroactive to July 14) with right forearm tightness, is due to begin throwing this week. “He’s going to throw Friday in a minor league game,” Atchison said. “He has no pain and he’s throwing really well.” Valentine said Atchison will likely make a rehab start at Triple A Pawtucket.
• Andrew Bailey threw another bullpen session Sunday. He threw about 25 pitches and worked in his complete repertoire of pitches. “I was throwing everything — fastball, curveball, cutter, changeup — and everything was feeling good,” Bailey said. “I’m stoked, I can’t wait to get out there.” Valentine said Bailey wound next throw a live batting practice in Texas on Wednesday.
• Mike Aviles, who was held out of Saturday night’s game because of turf toe, was back in the lineup at shortstop, hitting out of the No. 8 position.
• The Cape League All-Stars held their home run derby at Fenway Park before Sunday’s game. Ellsbury watched from the dugout as fellow Oregon State alum Dylan Davis, playing for the Brewster White Cats, homered twice. Davis was tied in the first round by Hyannis’ Blake Davis (Auburn) and Orleans’ Michael Montville (Maryland) of Portsmouth, N.H. Davis won the derby with five total homers.