BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 24: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox legs out a double against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on August 24, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
After just one game back from a month on the sideline, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is "likely" on his way back to the disabled list today, report Evan Drellich and Austin Laymance of MLB.com:
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz appears likely to return to the disabled list on Monday due to his strained right Achilles tendon.
"It's likely that if he doesn't have a real miraculous recovery tonight, he'll have a DL situation," manager Bobby Valentine said following Sunday's 8-6 win over the Royals
The 36-year-old Ortiz made his long-awaited return to the Red Sox line-up on Friday night, but re-aggravated his heel strain legging out a double in his second at-bat. The aggravation caused Big Papi to sit out Saturday and Sunday with soreness in the injured foot, and may very well cause him to miss the remainder of the season.
Ortiz expressed regret at not being able to play, but said that attempting to play through the injury would keep him from performing at his best:
I just can't really play like this," Ortiz said before Sunday's game. "I don't want to be thinking about my foot while I'm facing the opposition, which is what happened to me after I hit that double...
"There's nothing I'd like to do more than be on the field. I enjoy that, but got to be healthy for that."
In ninety games played this season, Ortiz leads the Red Sox in batting average, slugging and home runs, hitting .318/.415/.611 with twenty-three big flies on the year. A free agent at the end of the season, Ortiz will be prized commodity on the market if he can regain his health.