Ortiz on bench vs. lefty Liriano

MINNEAPOLIS -- David Ortiz's possible drop in the Red Sox lineup has been delayed.

Boston's struggling designated hitter was on the bench Monday at Minnesota, with Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano on the mound. Manager Terry Francona said before the game he wanted as many right-handed hitters in the batting order as possible.

Francona said Ortiz is healthy and described his slump as "normal hitters' woes."

Ortiz is hitting .195 with just one home run. The Red Sox are considering moving him down in the lineup, but Francona declined to divulge details of his most recent conversation with the 33-year-old.

Third baseman Mike Lowell is scheduled for a rest Tuesday, so Francona said he might make multiple changes to the order for that game.