Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Red Sox DH Ortiz back on DL after one game

BOSTON — David Ortiz doesn't want his season — and possibly his Red Sox career — to end on the disabled list.

The Red Sox placed Ortiz back on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of lingering problems with a strained right Achilles, but the DH said he hopes to play again this season.

Ortiz, 36, on Monday said he'll have an injection in the next day or so and hopes to return in September. He will become a free agent at the end of the season.

"We'll see how it goes the next couple of weeks," he said. "If I feel good I can go out and play. … Oh man, no question (I want that)."

Ortiz, who at times this season has expressed disappointment of not having a multiyear deal, said he'd like to come back in 2013.

"For years I always keep telling everyone I want to be part of this organization," he said. "This is what I know. I know we've had a lot of injuries this year. I know how hard it's been (this year)."

Ortiz is in his 16th season overall and his 10th with Boston. He has 343 of his 401 career home runs with the Red Sox and owns the club record for homers in a season, 54 in 2006.

Ortiz, who was injured in mid July, returned for Friday's game against the Royals, getting two hits and two RBIs, but has not played since because of discomfort.

Also, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he expects RH reliever Alfredo Aceves to rejoin the team tonight, though he's barred from traveling on the team plane. Aceves was suspended Saturday for three games for conduct detrimental to the team. He reportedly tore off his uniform in a tantrum after Friday night's game, when he wasn't used in a save situation.

COLLINS SAFE: Mets manager Terry Collins won't be a scapegoat for the team's failures and will back next season, the New York Post reported. Collins, 63, is signed through 2013. In other Mets news, RHP Dillon Gee, out for the season after surgery to repair a damaged artery in his shoulder, got "a clean bill of health" after having an angiogram, ESPN.com reported.

YANKS STAR HURT: Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira left the game against the Blue Jays in the fourth inning with a strained left calf. He was scheduled for an MRI exam. Also, the Yankees reacquired OF Steve Pearce from the Astros for cash, adding a right-handed bat on the bench for the stretch drive. Pearce began the season in the Yankees farm system before he was traded to the Orioles on June 2.

BLUE JAYS: RHP Henderson Alvarez left his start against the Yankees in the fourth inning with a bruised left shin after being hit by Russ Martin's hard grounder.

INDIANS: RHP Roberto Hernandez left his start against the A's in the third inning with a sprained right ankle.

MARINERS: CF Franklin Gutierrez, out the past two months with a concussion, was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

ORIOLES: Former Rays RHP Jason Hammel, who had surgery July 16 to remove loose cartilage from his right knee, threw 58 pitches in a simulated game and could begin a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday.

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