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Uh-oh. Ortiz hobbles off after fouling ball off his shin in ninth


Uh-oh. Ortiz hobbles off after fouling ball off his shin in ninth

An ugly, 9-4 loss to the New York Yankees could've been a lot uglier for the Red Sox after David Ortiz had to be helped off in the ninth inning when he fouled a ball off his right shin.

The initial X-rays Ortiz underwent after the game at Fenway Park were negative and showed no fracture. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Ortiz was doing much better about an hour after the game and the 40-year-old designated hitter was walking around. 

"He looks like he's moving around pretty good right now, considering how he was," Dombrowski said. "Before we had to carry him off, basically. But he's now walking, he's standing around on his own. It hit off him solid, but he's doing much better."

Asked if Ortiz will play Thursday in the series finale against the Yankees, Dombrowski said: "I wouldn't think so. But I don't think it's far beyond that.''

Farrell said it's the second time in the past few days that Ortiz - plagued by foot and Achilles' heel problems in this, his final season - has hit a ball off that area of his shin. Ortiz was doubled over in pain after this injury and needed the help of Farrell and the team trainer to hobble off the field and into the clubhouse with one out in the ninth inning.

Farrell also said right fielder Mookie Betts is doubtful for Thursday's game after Betts' right calf tightened up. The injury is apparently related to the knee ailment that led to Betts missing a few games last month. 

Betts' immediate concern was with Ortiz. "Anytime you lose a guy that's going to the Hall of Fame, that's going to hurt pretty bad," Betts said. "Hopefully, he can get well. We've just got to have guys step up.''


Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

The Red Sox traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash. 

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement on Saturday.

Marrero, 27, was fighting for one of the final roster spots as a bench player, along with utility man Brock Holt.  The first-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State had spent his entire pro career with the Red Sox organization. He appeared in 109 major league games from 2015-17, making 50 starts at third base, nine at second base, and five at shortstop.

In 2017, the right-handed hitter played in a career-high 71 major league games, batting .211 with four home runs and 27 RBI. 

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to be able to make his Opening Day start after he was struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of the Houston Astros' J.D. Davis in the first inning on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., and had to leave his final spring training start. 

After being examined by team medical personnel on the field, Sale walked back to the dugout. He was taken for precautionary X-rays which showed no structural damage.

The Red Sox said Sale sustained a contusion on his left leg.  "I don't see anything lingering from this. It looked a lot worse than it was," Sale told reporters. "It scared the hell out of me,”

Sale is scheduled to be the Red Sox Thursday in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Manager Alex Cora and Sale said he'd be OK to make the start.