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08:17 AM ET 03.11 | A spring training win over the Rays on Sunday was largely overshadowed by news of the Red Sox losing more than just an hour of sleep due to daylight savings. They also lost any realistic shot that David Ortiz is going to be ready in time for Opening Day on April 1. And pegging a realistic date for when Ortiz is actually going to play has become a big ol' waste of time, because the only thing we've learned this spring training about his 2012 injury is that it is taking a l-o-o-n-n-n-g-g-g time to heal. The discomfort Ortiz is feeling in his right heel is the result of "inflammation in the bony area of the heel," manager John Farrell said in Port Charlotte, Fla., after a 6-2 victory yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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March 11, 2013  08:21 AM ET

Two years, $26 million. The deal was signed while he was wearing a boot. What could go wrong?

March 11, 2013  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Two years, $26 million. The deal was signed while he was wearing a boot. What could go wrong?

hehehehehehehe..... curiousity: Was this another of Theo Epsteins's signings? Not for nuttin' but before he left I gotta say, in my humble opinon (flips quarter to Lou), he left a trial of disaster.

March 11, 2013  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Two years, $26 million. The deal was signed while he was wearing a boot. What could go wrong?

Yep. and the Sox already regret it. This is exactly why the Sox had given him a succession of one year offers in recent years. Shoulda stuck to one year. And, like Schilling in 08, Papi won't be giving any of it back.

March 11, 2013  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

hehehehehehehe..... curiousity: Was this another of Theo Epsteins's signings? Not for nuttin' but before he left I gotta say, in my humble opinon (flips quarter to Lou), he left a trial of disaster.

Nope. Theo was gone. No one is sure who made this decision. Luccino, Henry, Cherington. All I can say is that this was NOT a baseball decision.

March 11, 2013  08:45 AM ET

For the red sox, 13 million a year just has a nice ring to it.

March 11, 2013  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Two years, $26 million. The deal was signed while he was wearing a boot. What could go wrong?

Geniuses, these Red Sox.

March 11, 2013  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Geniuses, these Red Sox.

Mensa members.

March 11, 2013  09:08 AM ET

Let's see...he's gonna try and hit a baseball four times a game...and if he hits the ball ...will run/trot the bases like he always has....put some extra padding in the cleats/ spikes and get on with it already...

March 11, 2013  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Let's see...he's gonna try and hit a baseball four times a game...and if he hits the ball ...will run/trot the bases like he always has....put some extra padding in the cleats/ spikes and get on with it already...

problem with putting Ortiz in the game, even as the DH, is that I remember when Mantle was a the end of his career and his legs were finally giving up on him. He woudl come into the game as a pinch hitter (no DH then) and he would cream the ball (he could still turn on a ball) and if it didn't make it over the fence and hit the wall or even found a gap he would barely make it to first base. And if Mantle only hit that "single" he couldn't stay in the game becausehe simply could not run.
And, that is what Oritz will be if his injury is that serious. A gap singles hitter that will need to be replaced as a runner or an over the wall hitter.

March 11, 2013  09:23 AM ET

One other thing: I am not sure what Ortiz' injury is exactly but if it is anything like plantar facisitis (I had it for a spell) then it can be very painful just to walk. So, on one hand I could careless about Ortiz (especilly since he is a red sux) but on the other I can sympathize with the pain he may be feeling and how it is truly hindering his ability to "play" the game.

March 11, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

problem with putting Ortiz in the game, even as the DH, is that I remember when Mantle was a the end of his career and his legs were finally giving up on him. He woudl come into the game as a pinch hitter (no DH then) and he would cream the ball (he could still turn on a ball) and if it didn't make it over the fence and hit the wall or even found a gap he would barely make it to first base. And if Mantle only hit that "single" he couldn't stay in the game becausehe simply could not run. And, that is what Oritz will be if his injury is that serious. A gap singles hitter that will need to be replaced as a runner or an over the wall hitter.

Cannot conceive that this injury is in any way shape or form as bad Mantle' s knees were at the end of his career.....and if it is that bad..I don't ever want to read on these threads again about how incompetent the Mets medical staff is...because this would take the cake...pissing away $26mil on a DH who can't run....

March 11, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Cannot conceive that this injury is in any way shape or form as bad Mantle' s knees were at the end of his career.....and if it is that bad..I don't ever want to read on these threads again about how incompetent the Mets medical staff is...because this would take the cake...pissing away $26mil on a DH who can't run....

Well, then this takes the cake because, I believe, this is what it appears it is.

March 11, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

One other thing: I am not sure what Ortiz' injury is exactly but if it is anything like plantar facisitis (I had it for a spell) then it can be very painful just to walk. So, on one hand I could careless about Ortiz (especilly since he is a red sux) but on the other I can sympathize with the pain he may be feeling and how it is truly hindering his ability to "play" the game.

Suck if up man...I've walked 18 holes of golf on a gouty right foot....Want to talk about pain....:)

March 11, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Suck if up man...I've walked 18 holes of golf on a gouty right foot....Want to talk about pain....:)

With a bottle of gin tucked in your pants leg, right?

March 11, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Suck if up man...I've walked 18 holes of golf on a gouty right foot....Want to talk about pain....:)

**it up***

March 11, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Two years, $26 million. The deal was signed while he was wearing a boot. What could go wrong?

It's not your money. And the Red Sox can afford it, so don't worry about it.

March 11, 2013  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

With a bottle of gin tucked in your pants leg, right?

And a bottle of Advil.....:)

March 11, 2013  09:27 AM ET

By the way - Happy Birthday Douglas Adams. He would have been 61 today.

March 11, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

It's not your money. And the Red Sox can afford it, so don't worry about it.

Hmm... need some bacon this AM?

 
March 11, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

problem with putting Ortiz in the game, even as the DH, is that I remember when Mantle was a the end of his career and his legs were finally giving up on him. He woudl come into the game as a pinch hitter (no DH then) and he would cream the ball (he could still turn on a ball) and if it didn't make it over the fence and hit the wall or even found a gap he would barely make it to first base. And if Mantle only hit that "single" he couldn't stay in the game becausehe simply could not run. And, that is what Oritz will be if his injury is that serious. A gap singles hitter that will need to be replaced as a runner or an over the wall hitter.

I saw Mantle play in once ... in '68 at the Angels.

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