It is the sentence that all Boston Red Sox fans fear the most. David Ortiz to be shut down.
The Red Sox slugger has inflammation in both of his creaky heels. He injured his right Achilles tendon last season, returned, then proceeded to re-aggravate it in late August and his season was done. It appears that today’s news on Ortiz is because of his increased workout load, not the old injury.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell spoke to the media after team doctors did an MRI on both of Big Papi’s heels. “It does reveal some inflammation in the bony area of the heel. He’s dealing with that. That’s where his discomfort is being felt. As a result, we’re going to shut him down for a few days here to let that quiet down completely before we initiate any kind of baseball activities after that,” manager John Farrell said.
What exactly does this mean? No one will really know until Ortiz tries any baseball related activities after his rest. One thing for sure, this puts opening day in serious jeopardy. Ortiz has been slowed all spring training, carefully working up full running, after barely being able to run the bases when camp broke. The Red Sox are about three weeks away from the end of training, and Ortiz is expected to sit a minimum of 5-7 days. Best case scenario, Ortiz is out a week, takes a week for light workouts, then is involved in the final week before opening day.
Red Sox Nation is holding it’s collective breath after this news and has a week to think about it.