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David Ortiz | Designated Hitter | #34

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (40) / 11/18/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 1992 / UDFA / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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David Ortiz drilled a two-run homer as part of a 3-for-4 game in a victory over the Tigers on Saturday.
The fifth-inning blast proved to be the game-winner. The 40-year-old may want to reconsider his impending retirement given he is having one of the best seasons of his career. He is batting .321/.413/.637 with 95 RBI. The home run was his 29th of the season and 532nd of his career. Aug 21 - 1:07 AM

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David Ortiz clubbed his 27th home run of the season on Friday, leading the Red Sox offense in a 10-2 thrashing of the Tigers in Motown.

Ortiz got the Red Sox started early, tagging rookie right-hander Michael Fulmer with a two-run homer in the first inning. He finished the night 2-for-3 plus a walk and is now slashing a mighty impressive .315/.409/.622 with 27 long balls and 93 RBI in his alleged final season.
Aug 19 - 10:00 PM

David Ortiz is out of the Red Sox lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Tigers.

Sandy Leon will serve as the DH for the Red Sox, who played a rain-delayed game in Baltimore on Wednesday night and then had to travel to Detroit for this afternoon tilt. Poor job by MLB's schedule-makers. Dustin Pedroia is also out Thursday, with Deven Marrero filling in at second base.
Aug 18 - 9:46 AM

David Ortiz slugged a two-run homer to help the Red Sox beat the Indians 3-2 on Monday.

The two-run bomb sailed a projected 442 feet at Progressive Field in Cleveland, which matches Big Papi's longest home run of the year. He also smacked a single in the top of the eighth inning, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Ortiz now boasts 1,733 career RBI, which ties him with Honus Wagner on the all-time RBI leaderboard. The veteran slugger is slashing .312/.404/.621 with 27 homers and 92 RBI over 108 games in his farewell season.
Aug 15 - 4:27 PM

David Ortiz (shin) is in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday night against the Yankees.

It looked like Big Papi's farewell season might be over when he had to be helped off the field Wednesday after fouling a ball off the inside of his right leg, but X-rays and a fluoroscan turned up negative. He is at DH and batting third versus right-hander Michael Pineda.
Aug 11 - 3:20 PM

X-rays and a fluoroscan turned up negative results on David Ortiz's right shin.

That's excellent news, though there are probably some followup tests scheduled for Thursday morning. Ortiz had to be helped off the field Wednesday night at Fenway Park after fouling a ball off the inside of his right leg. He is almost certain to sit out Thursday's series finale against the Yankees, but the big slugger may have avoided a serious (potentially career-ending) injury.
Aug 11 - 12:24 AM

David Ortiz left Wednesday's game against the Yankees after fouling a ball off the inside of his right leg.

Not a fun evening for the Red Sox. Mookie Betts had already exited the proceedings due to calf tightness at the time Ortiz suffered his injury. The veteran slugger sunk to one knee after fouling the ball off himself and needed help walking off the field. Any long term injury to either Betts or Ortiz could prove problematic, for obvious reasons. Big Papi underwent an X-ray on his right shin after the game -- those results have not come back yet -- and will be reevaluated on Thursday.
Aug 10 - 11:27 PM

David Ortiz (leg) went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk on Tuesday against the Yankees.

Ortiz was held out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Sunday at Dodger Stadium after making an early exit Saturday following a short, ill-advised experiment at first base. It was just some general leg stiffness -- typical for a 40-year-old athlete of Big Papi's size.
Aug 10 - 8:29 AM

David Ortiz drew a walk as a pinch-hitter on Sunday against the Dodgers.

Ortiz was held out of the starting lineup after exiting Saturday's game with general stiffness. He had been playing first base for the first time in nearly a year. Probably not a great idea at age 40.
Aug 8 - 8:29 AM

David Ortiz left Saturday's game against the Dodgers with "general stiffness."

He was playing first base for the first time in almost a year. Ortiz went 0-for-3 before exiting in the sixth inning. Travis Shaw played the rest of the game at first base with Aaron Hill covering third. Ortiz was an absolute beast in the first half but has struggled since the All-Star break, hitting just .216 with three homers and 15 RBI. He's sure to get the day off on Sunday.
Aug 6 - 8:00 PM

David Ortiz is expected to start at first base for the first time this season on Saturday against the Dodgers.

The Red Sox are at a disadvantage playing in a National League park, but they'll get Ortiz in the lineup anyways at first base with Hanley Ramirez likely to sit. Ortiz made nine starts at the position during the 2015 season and took ground balls there prior to Friday's game.
Aug 5 - 10:59 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell doesn't anticipate starting David Ortiz during the weekend series in Los Angeles versus the Dodgers.

The designated hitter spot won't be available and it sounds like Big Papi will just serve as a pinch-hitter for the next few days, although Farrell insists a final decision hasn't been made yet. Ortiz is just 3-for-22 so far during the Red Sox' road trip, but Farrell said, "I don’t see him wearing down."
Aug 5 - 9:27 AM

David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox lineup Saturday against the Angels.

Manager John Farrell suggested this might be a possibility so it's not a complete shock to see Ortiz getting the day off against left-hander Hector Santiago. With Ortiz sitting, Hanley Ramirez will DH with Travis Shaw covering first. Big Papi should be ready to go on Sunday.
Jul 30 - 6:24 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Friday that David Ortiz is likely to sit on Saturday.

It'll be a well-deserved day of rest for the veteran slugger against Angels left-hander Hector Santiago. The 40-year-old is having perhaps his finest season as a pro, slashing .325/.417/.657 with 25 homers and 84 RBI in 93 games.
Jul 29 - 9:28 PM

David Ortiz's 25th homer was a three-run shot off Mike Pelfrey on Tuesday.

Ortiz is the ninth player (eighth different) to hit 25 homers at age 40 or above. Barring something shocking, he'll be the second to get to 30, and he has a good shot of overtaking Darrell Evans' record of 34 from the rabbit ball season of 1987.
Jul 26 - 11:14 PM

Depth Charts

C1Sandy Leon
2Ryan Hanigan
3Bryan Holaday
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Travis Shaw
2Aaron Hill
3Pablo Sandoval
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Brock Holt
3Chris Young
4Blake Swihart
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
S1David Price
2Rick Porcello
3Drew Pomeranz
4Steven Wright
5Eduardo Rodriguez
6Henry Owens
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Brad Ziegler
3Koji Uehara
4Junichi Tazawa
5Fernando Abad
6Robbie Ross
7Matt Barnes
8Clay Buchholz
9Heath Hembree
10Carson Smith
11Brandon Workman