Big Papi says wrist is fine after scare
Slugger reported a clicking sensation during Monday's game
KANSAS CITY -- Yes, David Ortiz did feel some kind of clicking sensation in his left wrist during his final at-bat of Monday's 4-3 loss to the Royals. No, it does not appear to be any kind of setback with regard to the big slugger's return from a torn tendon sheath in that wrist that sidelined him for seven weeks.
Since returning to the lineup on July 25, Ortiz has been in the lineup for every game. Tuesday was no exception, as he was right back in there, batting third for Red Sox manager Terry Francona.
"I feel fine today. I feel fine," said Ortiz. "I'm going to keep on playing. Of course, Tito talked to me about at some point, slowing me down for a minute. I'll be out there."
The medical staff warned both Francona and Ortiz that "irregularities" such as Monday's "clicking" would happen at times during the slugger's comeback.
"I think we said all along that we knew that was going to happen," Francona said. "He's OK. I think the reports of his demise are greatly exaggerated. I think he felt it, which, I think we knew he would."
Following Monday's game, Ortiz told the Boston Herald of the discomfort.
"My last at-bat, it kind of pulled back a little bit," Ortiz told the Herald. "You feel that click, and you get a little concerned about it."
But not until the reports surfaced on Tuesday did he discuss the situation with Francona and the training staff.
In other words, it didn't appear to be anything to be overly concerned with.
"I have to deal with it for the rest of the season," Ortiz said. "It's going to have its good days and bad days. It's not like it's normally supposed to be. The injury, that tendon right there, some days it feels right, some days it doesn't. It's part of the injury. The doctor warned me about it. He said, 'You're going to be like that until you stop playing for a few months."'
Francona will be mindful of giving Ortiz a day off when or if he needs one.
"I asked him that," Francona said. "I said, 'If you need a day off, you tell me.' He said, 'I know.' I said, 'Just tell me.' Having David back nine out of 10 [games] is better than nothing. I just said a little bit ago, 'If you need a day off, you just make sure you tell me.' He goes, 'I don't need a day off.'"
Ortiz came busting out of the gate immediately following his return, hitting .391 in the first six games with a homer and four RBIs. But in the following four games entering Tuesday, he was 1-for-15 with no RBIs.
According to Ortiz, the recovery from this injury is as much mental as it is physical.
"The thing is, sometimes, like last night, I was hitting and I felt a little click when I swing and at some point it gets in your head, you know what I mean?" Ortiz said. "Should I take another swing or should I hold it? You know what I mean? It happens. That's the way injuries are."
With the Red Sox trailing the Tampa Bay Rays by three games in the American League East, don't expect Ortiz to be lobbying for much time off, if any.
"I've got to play," said Ortiz. "I have to."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.