The injury bug just won’t leave the Boston Red Sox alone. Designated hitter, David Ortiz is heading back to the disabled list with the same Achilles tendon issue that sidelined the slugger since July 17. Ortiz played in just one game since being activated from his original DL stint last Friday but it appears the strain is too much to handle, forcing Big Papi to the sidelines once again.
There is a silver lining in this cloud however, as it doesn’t appear that Ortiz will miss the remainder of the season, at least not yet. There was initial concern that shutting Ortiz down for the second time might mean he would be done for the remainder of the year. While it still remains a possibility, the club hasn’t made that decision at this point.
Ortiz made it known that during the game on Friday he was more focused on how his heel would react to the running during his last two at-bats and the results were two strikeouts. With free-agency possibly waiting for Big Papi, he’s also made it known that he does not want to jeopardize his career by playing through the injury at this time.
Ryan Kalish has been recalled from triple-A Pawtucket to take Big Papi’s place on the roster. The outfielder was sent down to the minors back on August 9. The 24-year old has played in 25 games for the big club this season and has a slash line of .203/.247/.241/.488 with 5 RBI. The promising young Kalish has seen his share of injuries over the past couple of years that has slowed his progress towards becoming a regular in the Sox lineup. With the expanded rosters set to take affect, Kalish should find himself with the Red Sox for the rest of the season; barring another injury of course.