David Ortiz: Slump is injury-related

Updated: May 15, 2013, 1:02 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A sore oblique muscle, not a controversial newspaper column, sent David Ortiz into a slump last week, the Boston Red Sox designated hitter told ESPN Deportes columnist Enrique Rojas on Tuesday afternoon.

Ortiz elaborated on his remarks after the game, saying that he has been dealing with tightness in his left oblique muscle ever since he hurt it swinging the bat when the Sox were in Texas on the first weekend of May. He came into Tuesday night's game in Tropicana ...

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