David Ortiz Injury: Updates on Red Sox Star's Heels

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2013

The Boston Red Sox's plans to compete for a playoff spot this season depend largely on the team staying healthy. David Ortiz is the driving force in the middle of the lineup but doesn't appear to be making progress in his quest to get back on the field. 


UPDATE: Saturday, April 20, at 9:50 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports Ortiz will return to the Red Sox lineup today. He will bat fourth against the Kansas City Royals.

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UPDATE: Thursday, April 18, at 3:51 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to WEII's Alex Speier, Ortiz will be ready to go on Friday:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, April 17, at 9 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to CSN New England, Ortiz is expected to be activated Friday:

"It is expected that David Ortiz will re-join the Red Sox this Friday."

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UPDATE: Tuesday, April 16, at 5:24 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to Nick Cafardo of Boston.com, John Farrell believes Ortiz could return Friday:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, April. 3, at 5:27 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Looks like there is some good news to report regarding Ortiz's return to the lineup. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that Ortiz is testing out his heels beginning next week:

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According to Sean McAdam of Comcast SportsNet New England, Ortiz had an MRI that revealed inflammation in both his heels, and the team is shutting him down as a result:

After a busy offseason, the Red Sox did put contingency plans in place on the off-chance that Ortiz wouldn't be ready for Opening Day after missing virtually the entire second half of 2012 with an Achilles injury.  

Ortiz was having one of the best years of his career in 2012. He hit .318/.415/.611 with 26 doubles, 23 home runs, 56 walks, 51 strikeouts and 60 RBI in 324 at-bats covering 90 games. 

But he missed the last 72 games of the year after tweaking the Achilles tendon in his right ankle on July 16 against the Chicago White Sox.  

Despite missing so much time, the Red Sox rewarded Ortiz with a two-year contract extension in the offseason that will keep him with the team through 2014.  

Mike Napoli and Mike Carp can alternate between playing first base and designated hitter when the season starts, if Ortiz is unable to play when the Red Sox open the year against the New York Yankees on April 1. 

The team can also use Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Ryan Lavarnway in the DH role if they feel more comfortable with David Ross as the starting catcher. That assumes the Red Sox will keep both Saltalamacchia and Lavarnway on the 25-man roster before breaking camp. 

Even though the season hasn't started, the drama is already unfolding in Boston.