David Ortiz doesn’t want his season – and possibly his Red Sox career – to end on the disabled list.
The Red Sox placed Ortiz back on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to lingering problems with a strained right Achilles, but the DH said he hopes to play again this season.
Speaking to reporters in Boston’s dugout about 45 minutes before the club’s game against Kansas City, Ortiz expressed his desire to return this season – and beyond.
The 36-year old Ortiz said he’ll have an injection in the next day or so and hopes to return in September. He will become a free agent at the end of the season.
“We’ll see how it goes the next couple of weeks,” he said. “If I feel good I can go out and play. … Oh man, no question (I want that).”
Ortiz, who at times this season has expressed disappointment of not having a multiyear deal, said he’d like to come back in 2013.
“For years I always keep telling everyone I want to be part of this organization,” he said.
Once called “the greatest clutch hitter in Red Sox history” by the club’s ownership, Ortiz is completing his 10th season with the team. He’s best remembered for consecutive game-winning hits in Games 4 and 5 of the 2004 ALCS when Boston overcame an 0-3 deficit to beat the Yankees en route to its first World Series title in 86 years.
He also owns the club record for homers in a season, hitting 54 in 2006.
But he also understands that playing in this market can weigh on players.
“That happens. Not everybody is able to deal with the game here,” he said. “It can be super hard dealing with the other distractions. Some people can deal with it, some people can’t.”
Ortiz, who suffered the injury in mid-July, returned for Friday’s win over Kansas City, getting two hits and two RBIs, but has not played since due to discomfort. He’s hitting .318 with 23 homers and 60 RBIs.
Yankees land Pearce
The New York Yankees have reacquired outfielder Steve Pearce in a trade with Houston, giving them another right-handed bat on the bench.
The Yankees sent cash to the last-place Astros for Pearce, who began the season in New York’s farm system before he was traded to Baltimore on June 2. Pearce was cut by the Orioles on July 21 and claimed off waivers by Houston a week later.
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