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Sunday, June 1, 2008
Ramirez fills in at DH for Ortiz, who needs MRI on wrist

Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- David Ortiz sat in front of his locker, his ailing left wrist heavily bandaged. Ortiz wasn't in the starting lineup as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 9-4 on Sunday, and the designated hitter could only hope his injury was a minor setback.

David Ortiz


Ortiz sprained his wrist Saturday night while swinging at a pitch in Boston's 6-3 win over Baltimore. He left for a pinch hitter with the count full.

"It feels the same," Ortiz said Sunday morning. "We'll see what the doctors say. I got to get an MRI."

The examination is expected to take place in Boston on Monday, according to bench coach Brad Mills, who subbed for Terry Francona on Sunday.

"We're going to send him back to Boston tomorrow morning," Mills said after the game. "Kind of precautionary right now. Get an MRI, and get him looked at, and we'll go from there and see what happens."

Ortiz had missed only four games before Sunday. He is batting .252 and leads the Red Sox with 13 homers and 43 RBIs.

Mills used Manny Ramirez at DH on Sunday. Ramirez hit his 500th home run on Saturday night and added No. 501 on Sunday.

Ramirez probably needed the break from playing left field after becoming the 24th major leaguer to enter the coveted 500 club.

"I'm just happy that it's over with," Ramirez said Saturday.

On Sunday, however, Ramirez remained a hot topic in the Red Sox clubhouse.

"To witness 500 is special. It's neat to be a part of history like that," leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury said. "Manny is a good teammate. He's fun to be around and fun to have in the clubhouse."

Ellsbury grew up in the Pacific Northwest as a fan of the Mariners and Ken Griffey Jr. , but he remembers when Ramirez played for the Cleveland Indians.

"I had a Manny Ramirez rookie card," Ellsbury said. "I knew of Manny from his rookie season."