Red Sox DH David Ortiz, in response to a Boston Globe columnist that questioned whether his fast start was because of performance-enhancing drugs, called the accusation ethnically discriminatory.
"What is the point of criticizing someone who is working hard and trying to do it right?" Ortiz said to an ESPN Spanish radio affiliate after the column by Dan Shaughnessy, who brought up Ortiz's age (37), his home country (Dominican Republic) and his past link to PEDs. The New York Times reported in 2009 that Ortiz tested positive for PEDs in 2003. Ortiz has said combination of then-legal supplements and vitamins likely caused the test result.
"(The column) basically focuses on the fact that I'm Dominican and that many Dominicans have been caught using steroids. And what about the Americans?" Ortiz said. "If you are a white American, I have to call you a racist because white Americans were in the Ku Klux Klan? …You mean that in the Dominican Republic there are no players who try to do things right?"
Ortiz, who had a 27-game hitting streak end Wednesday and was hitting .381 with 17 RBIs, told an ESPN reporter he was drug-tested Tuesday and told the Globe he has been tested "probably" five times this year.
"I have spent many years in Boston and still do not know the right way to do things: Do it right or do it wrong," Ortiz said. "If you do it wrong, they'll finish you. If you're doing well, they'll finish you, too. There's no area where you feel safe."
Red Sox closer eyes surgery: An MRI exam revealed that Joel Hanrahan has flexor tendon damage in the right forearm, so the Boston closer is considering season-ending surgery. If he does elect surgery, the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow will be checked to see if replacement surgery is necessary. Hanrahan could choose rest and rehabilitation but still would miss at least two months. He has not indicated when he will decide on a treatment plan.
Blue Jays: RHP Josh Johnson (sore right triceps), who hasn't pitched since April 21, will likely be out until June, mlb.com reported.
Cardinals: Former Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter took another step toward possibly returning by tossing a pain-free bullpen session. The 38-year-old's career appeared as if it might be over when it was announced in February that he was unlikely to pitch in 2013 because he was still suffering from chronic pain in his neck, shoulder and arm.
Nationals: LF Bryce Harper did not start after having an ingrown right toenail removed. He is expected to start today. RF Jayson Werth, who hasn't played since May 2, has a right hamstring strain and could be headed to the 15-day DL.
Pirates: LHP Francisco Liriano (broken right arm) will come off the DL and make his debut today against the Mets. Manager Clint Hurdle said Liriano, 29, won't be on a strict pitch count after throwing 98 Sunday in a rehab start at Triple A.
Rangers: C A.J. Pierzynski (strained left oblique) went on the 15-day DL, so Robinson Chirinos was recalled from Triple A.
Yankees: 2B Robinson Cano (right big toe) returned to the lineup, INF Eduardo Nunez (tightness in ribs) was available off the bench and RHP Joba Chamberlain (right oblique) could head for a rehab assignment if he has a second successful bullpen session Sunday.