Latest Update Ortiz left Thursday's game with back spasms Thu Jul, 24, 03:56 PM
Is one of the great clutch hitters of his era and an RBI machine. Owns a lethal combination of plate patience and a monster power stroke. Is a born leader.
Flaws: : Has seen his eye and bat speed decline with age. Is a complete non-factor on the basepaths and isn't a great glove at first base. Could stand to cut down on his whiffs.
Believe it or not, the back issue is better than the oblique. The Red Sox will evaluate him on a daily basis to see when he can rejoin the lineup. Consider him day to day.Analyst: Howard Bender
Sounds like a back or an oblique issue, neither of which would be good. We'll update as soon as the team does.Analyst: Howard Bender
Big Papi has swung a big bat as he has now hammered four home runs over his last three games to give him a total of 24 on the season. Although his batting average is a bit disappointing at .253 he has not disappointed in the power categories as he also has 72 RBI which is fifth most among AL hitters.Analyst: Michael Pichan
Ortiz hit both his home runs off Oakland-castoff Brad "one dollar" Mills who came in after starter Drew Hutchison failed to get out of the third inning. Ortiz is having yet another fine season at the ripe age of 38. The home runs were numbers 21 and 22 on the season. Analyst: Spencer Silva