BOSTON -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has not given up on the season and he still plans to return to action as soon as he’s healthy enough to play. He just doesn't know when that will be.
On the disabled list since July 16 with a right Achilles strain, Ortiz said he’s close but is still feeling some discomfort.
“A little bit,” Ortiz said. “Hopefully soon.”
Entering Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, Ortiz has missed a total of 32 games and the Red Sox are 13-19 without him in the lineup.
In a collaborative effort, the Red Sox and outfielder Carl Crawford decided it would be best if Crawford shut it down and have season-ending Tommy John surgery, which will be performed by Dr. James Andrews on Thursday.
Ortiz, however, isn’t about to shut it down. He will become a free agent after the season is over, but he wants to be sure he’s healthy enough to play before returning.
“In my case, I don’t think I should take the risk to be injured,” Ortiz said. “If I’m good to go, I’m good to go and I’ll play. If not, I’ll wait. I want to be out there. There are some days I feel like, man, wish I could do something.”
Prior to his injury, Ortiz hit .316 with 23 homers and 58 RBIs in 89 games. His rehab has been frustrating, especially given all the turmoil surrounding the team.
“It’s been extremely tough, man,” Ortiz said. “I love playing baseball and I get ready for that. I don’t always play the game 100 percent healthy. We’ve always got issues when we play, but you try to play through it. My Achilles was sore but I was playing through it for a while before the strain happened. I wasn’t 100 percent and I was out there. That’s me.
“I’ve been able to help this ballclub, and seeing the lack of offense we’ve had, it’s a nightmare not being able to help. I’m not saying that when I play we score lots of runs, but at least I can help put ourselves in a better situation.”