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David Ortiz's wife provides great update on Red Sox legend's health

David Ortiz's wife provides great update on Red Sox legend's health

On a day when law enforcement identified the man who orchestrated the assassination attempt on Red Sox legend David Ortiz, good news has surfaced from the Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

According to a statement by the Red Sox on behalf of Tiffany Ortiz, David's wife, Ortiz's doctors have upgraded Big Papi's condition to 'good' and he "continues to make progress with his recovery." 

“We remain grateful to everyone who has helped David through this ordeal, both in the Dominican Republic and here in Boston," the statement read. "David’s journey to good health has been bolstered by the many expressions of love that have come to us from across the globe. Your support has lifted his spirits tremendously during this challenging time.”

Additionally, according to ESPN's Marly Rivera, Ortiz has been able to eat soft foods and keep in touch with loved ones — including former teammates — over the phone. Ortiz has been admitted into Mass General Hospital since June 10, and had previously been in serious but stable condition. 

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Alex Cora: 'We've got to keep going' after Chris Sale's injury

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Alex Cora: 'We've got to keep going' after Chris Sale's injury

The Boston Red Sox won on the field Saturday night, as they defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-0. However, they lost off the field, as Chris Sale was placed on the 10-day IL with left elbow inflammation. Dr. James Andrews is going to be looking at Sale's MRI in the coming days and Sale could meet with the noted orthopedic surgeon. So, this injury could keep him out long term.

After the Red Sox win, manager Alex Cora opened up about Sale's injury and said that the Red Sox have "got to keep going" even with their ace sidelined.

"We've got to keep going," Cora said on NESN's postgame coverage. "That's the way it is. We'll find out more during the upcoming days. But as of now, somebody has to step up. That's the way it works in this business. And we know it."

Right now, it's unclear exactly how the Red Sox will replace Sale. They have already been operating without David Price, but he could return to the squad soon.

Meanwhile, it appears that Cora is ready to reintroduce Nathan Eovaldi to the starting rotation. Eovaldi began the year as a starter before missing a few months with an injury. After a month in the bullpen, he will finally make his return to the rotation. And Cora is confident that Eovaldi will fare well in that role.

We'll soon see how Sale's injury impacts the Red Sox. But with the team sitting 6.5 games back in the Wild Card race, it will be crucial for them to a find a way to stay afloat with a makeshift rotation if they want to make it back to the postseason.

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Alex Cora confident in Nathan Eovaldi getting back to speed as a starter

Alex Cora confident in Nathan Eovaldi getting back to speed as a starter

The Boston Red Sox have some problems in their starting rotation and they were further exacerbated when Chris Sale hit the IL with left elbow inflammation. Sale, mired in a frustrating season, will be out for at least 10 days and according to Dave Dombrowski, Dr. James Andrews is going to take a look at Sale's MRI in the coming days.

In addition to Sale's injury, David Price is on the 10-day IL with a wrist injury and Andrew Cashner was shifted to the bullpen after he struggled immensely as a starter with the Red Sox. Now, the team is going to have to rely on some other members of their staff to carry the load. And one of those guys may be Nathan Eovaldi.

Before Saturday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles, Red Sox manager Alex Cora expressed confidence in Eovaldi's ability to return to the starting rotation.

"We feel he can be really quick" to get back to speed, Cora said per Matt Porter of The Boston Globe. "Obviously it would be cool to have 10 pitches, 10 strikes, three outs. We know where he’s at physically . . . he’s in a good spot."

Eovaldi had opened the season as a starter in the Red Sox' rotation, but he was sidelined for a few months by "loose bodies" in his elbow. The team brought him back to serve as a reliever but are in the process of stretching him back out given the need the team has in the rotation.

As a starter this season, Eovaldi has logged a 0-0 record and 6.00 ERA in four outings all of which came in April. He will return to the starting rotation on Sunday and will hope to build upon his recent success (2.53 ERA, 13 strikeouts in his last eight outings, 10 2/3 innings).

In addition to Eovaldi's return, Price was scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. So, perhaps he will come back soon and help bolster the team's depleted rotation.

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