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David Ortiz out with back spasms

Updated: September 14, 2011, 9:47 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was out of the lineup Wednesday for the second consecutive day with a stiff lower back, but he's hoping to return in the next few days.

Ortiz was clearly in discomfort Wednesday morning in the Red Sox clubhouse and was wearing a back brace. He said it started to hurt on the plane ride home Sunday from Tampa, Fla.

"He's sore, but better," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He really wanted to play today, but he woke up this morning ...

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