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09/07/08 7:49 PM ET
Wrist still giving Big Papi some trouble
Slugger admits to some 'clicking,' but will likely play through
By Shawn Shroyer / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- David Ortiz snapped out of a 19-game homerless streak on Sunday, but not all is well with the Red Sox slugger. After Sunday's 7-2 victory against the Rangers, Ortiz said his left wrist, which suffered a partial tear of the tendon sheath earlier in the season and cost him 45 games, was still "clicking" -- and not in a good way. "My hand is not OK," Ortiz said. "It's still bothering me." However, Ortiz said it wasn't bothering him enough to keep him out of the lineup. "There's no pain," Ortiz said. "If there was pain, I wouldn't be playing." If manager Terry Francona had any knowledge of Ortiz's wrist issues, he didn't come out with it after Sunday's game. So, unless the wrist worsens, Ortiz will likely try to play through it. But Ortiz acknowledged that the wrist could be one of the factors that led to his 19-game home run drought, which matched a career high for him since joining the Red Sox. While he's raised his average from an August low of .249 to .270, Ortiz is aware he's not hitting with the same power he usually does. "I've been off and on -- feeling good, feeling bad," Ortiz said. "I just try not to think about it. Just play. Since I got that, my swing's all changed."
Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.