NEW YORK -- David Ortiz said he never wanted to believe that it might take six weeks to recover from a strained right Achilles tendon. But now that he’s entering a fifth week since he pulled up lame chugging into second base ahead of Adrian Gonzalez’s home run on July 16, he said he now understands the timing required to heal.
“You know how injuries are,’’ Ortiz said Sunday night. “You take your time, you heal, when you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go. I’m finally seeing the light when it comes to my injury. My injury has been in a process of a six-week, getting-better period. At first when I got injured and I heard something like that (six weeks) of course that’s not what you want to hear. You think 15 days, a month. But now I see the result of feeling better; it’s a six-week kind of thing.’’
Ortiz ruled out playing in Fenway Park Tuesday night, when the Red Sox open a seven-game homestand against the Los Angeles Angels. He took batting practice Sunday, but did not run. Will he play at all before the end of the homestand?
“Hopefully,’’ he said. “If things continue the way they are, probably.’’
The Red Sox are 13-19 in the 32 games that Ortiz has missed on the DL. The designated hitters employed by Bobby Valentine in his absence have yet to hit a home run, and the Sox scored three runs or fewer six times on their just-completed 10-game trip.
Ortiz expressed sympathy for Carl Crawford, and the likelihood that he will require season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.
“It’s not good,’’ Ortiz said, “but you've got to do what you’ve got to do to get ready for next year.
“If you’re injured, you’re injured. Nobody has Tommy John because it’s fun. Tommy John is a tough process. If I were him, I’d do exactly what he’s doing, taking care of it. Life continues.’’
Ortiz was asked if he was sure he would be better served by playing rather than shutting it down like Crawford in order to heal.
“If I’m healthy, of course,’’ he said.
His response leaves open the possibility, however remote, that if the heel continues to cause him discomfort, he could face a decision as difficult as Crawford’s, though he remains confident he is getting better.