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David Ortiz's daughter shares Big Papi's on-brand optimism amid recovery

David Ortiz's daughter shares Big Papi's on-brand optimism amid recovery

Leave it to David Ortiz to find a silver lining in one of his darkest hours.

The Boston Red Sox legend is in intensive care at Massachusetts General Hospital as he recovers from a shooting Sunday in the Dominican Republic. But according to his daughter, Alex, Big Papi is still managing to keep a positive outlook.

Here's the heartwarming Instagram post Alex shared Wednesday night:

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I would like to formally thank everyone who has reached out so kindly to feed us, transport us, and support us. Those who have extended prayers, thoughts, and love, I thank you. If there is one thing this world should know it is the admiration I have for this man, my father. I find myself complaining on a daily basis yet chaos has struck but my dad hasn’t complained once. I promise on my life he has not once looked for pity, tears, or even indicated how he feels in his current state. He may be hungry (he’s eating only ice right now) and he may be tired but you know what he said not more than 3 minutes ago? “Even the toothpaste tastes good here.” I hoped to share a bit of optimism in a time like this. People keep asking: [if] there is anything [they] can do. There is one thing everyone can do. Anytime you want to complain or feel sorry practice David’s method and turn that sorrow into optimism. #myRemarkableDadDavid #IceChipDiet #ThankYouDoctorsDominicanandAmerican

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According to his daughter, Ortiz is only eating ice right now, but his "Even the toothpaste tastes good here" quip suggests he's grateful for the care he's getting, and Alex rightly wants others to adopt her dad's persistent optimism.

Ortiz has a long road to recovery ahead, as his wife Tiffany said in a statement Thursday he remains in "guarded condition" after a second surgery earlier this week that addressed kidney and liver damage. But he's still managing to bring a smile to his loved ones' faces, which shouldn't be surprising to anyone who's crossed paths with the jovial slugger.

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Jackie Bradley Jr. reacts to Red Sox trade rumors amid unique offseason

Jackie Bradley Jr. reacts to Red Sox trade rumors amid unique offseason

Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of several Boston Red Sox players whose future with the team beyond 2020 uncertain.

Bradley, who recently avoided arbitration, is set to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time after the upcoming season.

The 29-year-old outfielder is hardly a stranger to trade rumors, so the possibility of a deal between now and the July trade deadline doesn't seem to be affecting him much at all.

“Same as every year,” Bradley told reporters at Red Sox Winter Weekend on Sunday, per MassLive.com's Christopher Smith. “I’ve been traded seven, eight, nine different times every year. So it’s the same. Like I said, I don’t put too much attention into it. It’s out of my control. One of those things where if I can’t control it or I can’t do anything to impact that, then I’m not going to worry about it.”

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Bradley batted .225 with 21 home runs, 62 RBI and a .317 on-base percentage in 147 games for the Red Sox in 2019.

He's an inconsistent hitter, but his defense is elite, and he finally won an American League Gold Glove Award in 2018. Bradley also was the MVP of the 2018 American League Championship Series versus the Houston Astros.

If the Red Sox don't think Bradley will be in their long-term plans, it makes sense to explore a trade and get some value in return for him before he can leave the team in free agency.

The Toronto Blue Jays reportedly "explored" acquiring Bradley, but nothing has materialized. 

Bradley isn't the only Red Sox outfielder who's been the subject of trade rumors. Mookie Betts also is eligible for unrestricted free agency after the 2020 season, and his future in Boston will be one of the team's main storylines until he's traded or signs a new contract.

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MLB Rumors: Dustin Pedroia suffers 'significant setback' in knee rehab

MLB Rumors: Dustin Pedroia suffers 'significant setback' in knee rehab

Is this the end of the line for Dustin Pedroia?

The Boston Red Sox second baseman has suffered a "significant setback" in his rehab from left knee surgery that may put his status for 2020 spring training in doubt, The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reported Tuesday.

Pedroia underwent a "joint preservation procedure" in August 2019 that left him on crutches through September and made Red Sox fans wonder if his major league career was over.

The 36-year-old said in November he wasn't contemplating retirement, but it appears that's very much on the table now after a setback that may jeopardize his 2020 campaign.

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Pedroia has played in just nine games over the last two seasons, and the Red Sox seemingly aren't banking on him contributing this year, considering they've already signed a pair of middle infielders -- Jose Peraza and Jonathan Arauz -- as second base options alongside Michael Chavis.

If Pedroia's playing career really is over, he'll go down as one of the best second basemen in Red Sox history. Just don't count on him following Alex Cora as Boston's next manager.