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.''