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David Ortiz | Designated Hitter

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (39) / 11/18/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.
It's just a day of rest for the slugger. Hanley Ramirez is in the designated hitter spot, with Brock Holt playing left field and Allen Craig handling right. Sandy Leon is also getting at start at catcher over Ryan Hanigan. Apr 26 - 10:31 AM

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David Ortiz hit a three-run home run in Friday's win over the Orioles.

Big Papi hit the fifth-inning shot off of Oriole starter Miguel Gonzalez. He also chipped in a single, finishing 2-for-5. The home run was his fourth of the season and upped his RBI total to eight. While he's slashing just .211/.324/.439, we've seen Ortiz go through so many poor Aprils that it's hard to read much into the early numbers. Some guys just don't hit well at this time of the year.
Apr 25 - 12:26 AM

David Ortiz is in the Red Sox lineup Thursday.

Ortiz was handed a one-game suspension Tuesday for making contact with an umpire on Sunday afternoon, but he has appealed and will remain active for Boston until there's a decision on that appeal. The veteran designated hitter is batting third for Boston on Thursday night against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi.
Apr 23 - 3:11 PM

MLB suspended David Ortiz for one game for making contact with home plate umpire John Tumpane on Sunday.

He has appealed the suspension and will remain in the lineup Tuesday night against the Rays. Ortiz bumped Tumpane after he was ejected for arguing a check-swing call on Sunday.
Apr 21 - 3:43 PM

David Ortiz was ejected from Sunday's game against the Orioles for arguing a check-swing strike call.

The ruling by home plate umpire Paul Emmel that Ortiz went around looked to be questionable, but Big Papi hasn't earned himself a great reputation given how often he gets into it with the men in blue. He's unlikely to face a suspension.
Apr 19 - 3:40 PM

David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.

It's just a routine day of rest. Mike Napoli is in the designated hitter spot Wednesday, with Allen Craig handling first base. Ryan Hanigan is also sitting out, with Sandy Leon getting the start behind the plate.
Apr 15 - 10:39 AM

David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.

Mike Napoli is getting the start at first base after Ortiz started the first game there in the interleague series against the Phillies. Big Papi seems likely to be back out there on Thursday. Shane Victorino is also sitting out, as Daniel Nava is handling right field.

David Ortiz will start at first base and Mike Napoli will be on the bench in the Red Sox' opener Monday.

The Red Sox begin the season with an interleague series in Philadelphia, so it's the only way Ortiz could get into the lineup. Napoli figures to start at least one game during the series and remains a nice bounce-back candidate after having a monster spring following sleep apnea surgery.
Apr 5 - 3:18 PM

David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox lineup Thursday.

Ortiz was held out of action for about a week while dealing with flu-related dehydration. The big DH is batting third in his return to Grapefruit League play and he should be 100 percent on Opening Day.
Mar 26 - 9:01 AM

David Ortiz (general soreness, flu) took a long round of batting practice on Tuesday and also ran the bases.

Ortiz has been out almost a week because of a combination of flu and dehydration, but the Red Sox expect he'll be back in Grapefruit League action later this week. All signs point to him being in the lineup on Opening Day.
Mar 24 - 11:08 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Saturday that David Ortiz would likely be held out of action until Thursday.

The veteran slugger has been battling the flu and dehydration, in addition to general soreness. The team maintains that they have no doubt Ortiz will be in the lineup for the regular season opener on April 6.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 21 - 3:37 PM

David Ortiz will not play this weekend due to general soreness.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that the soreness is not related to the Achilles issues Big Papi has dealt with in the past. It sounds like it's simply the club doing what it can to keep Ortiz's 39-year-old body as fresh as possible. Ortiz is slated to make $16 million in 2015 and will have an $11 million option for 2016 vest if he reaches 425 plate appearances.
Mar 20 - 9:45 AM

David Ortiz will miss his second straight game Wednesday due to dehydration.

Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that it's possible Ortiz could miss another couple of days. Still, it's not a big deal.
Mar 18 - 9:46 AM

A player can be suspended for displaying "willful disregard" of the rule about stepping out of the batter's box, a source tells FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

David Ortiz has been outspoken in his lack of concern regarding the rule, calling the rule BS and saying he won't change his game regardless of the punishment. When that was simply monetary fines it was one thing, but Rosenthal said a sixth offense would be viewed as neglect and could be met with a suspension. Papi may change his tune if missing games is on the table. It will be something to monitor once the season begins.
Feb 25 - 6:50 PM

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday that David Ortiz will be with the club "as long as he wants to be."

Ortiz will make $16 million in 2015 and will have an $11 million option for 2016 vest if he reaches 425 plate appearances. There are also plate appearance incentives that could take his 2016 deal up to $16 million. While Cherington said Tuesday that there's "been no discussion" on Big Papi's deal recently, he said that the designated hitter is "part of the Red Sox legacy" and indicated that he essentially has a lifetime contract. Ortiz, who will turn 40 next offseason, has indicated previously that it's possible the 2015 campaign will be his last.
Feb 24 - 9:36 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Sandy Leon
3Christian Vazquez
1B1Mike Napoli
2Allen Craig
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
LF1Hanley Ramirez
2Daniel Nava
CF1Mookie Betts
RF1Shane Victorino
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rick Porcello
3Wade Miley
4Joe Kelly
5Justin Masterson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Edward Mujica
3Junichi Tazawa
4Craig Breslow
5Robbie Ross
6Anthony Varvaro
7Alexi Ogando
8Brandon Workman
9Heath Hembree