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Sunday, August 26, 2012
Ailing Ortiz meets with GM Ben, Bobby V

By Tony Lee

BOSTON -- After a 10-9 loss to Kansas City on Saturday night, the Red Sox clubhouse was a quiet place. One of the few discussions involved designated hitter David Ortiz in a closed-door meeting with general manager Ben Cherington and manager Bobby Valentine. No decision has been made on Ortiz, but his immediate future is in doubt after a night in which an aggravated right Achilles rendered the slugger unavailable.

Valentine said before the game that shutting Ortiz down for the season would be considered if all parties involved felt it was the right move. With the way Ortiz limped through his return to the lineup Friday night and with his lack of availability in a 12-inning marathon Saturday, it is obvious he needs more time to get it right.

While the decision on Ortiz awaits, right fielder Cody Ross is wrestling with a right knee injury suffered when he dove for a Mike Moustakas triple in the seventh. Ross said he expects to be in the lineup Saturday.

"I'm fine," he said. "I slid and just kind of tweaked my knee. It's fine though. Bobby took me out for precautionary reasons. Came in, iced it. It's fine.
This is the second time Ross has felt something in the knee.

"I want to say maybe a month ago I slid into second and felt it a little bit but I never said anything because it just went away," he said. "So, I would assume this would be the same situation. It'll go away."