06/09/11 12:00 AM ET
Defiant Papi vocal after latest homer
By Ian Browne and Evan Drellich / MLB.com
Ortiz crushed a full-count fastball from A.J. Burnett into right-center field. Asked by a reporter what he hit on Wednesday, the question likely referring to what pitch, Ortiz said "a bomb."
Ortiz homered on Tuesday off rookie Hector Noesi and dramatically flipped his bat aside, a show of flare that Yankees manager Joe Girardi was not pleased about after the game. Two Yankees hitters were also hit by Sox starter Jon Lester on Tuesday, including slugger Mark Teixeira, creating a Petri dish for bad blood.
Ortiz, though, was dismissive when asked if he thought Burnett would throw at him.
"Why?" Ortiz asked, prompting a reporter to mention Girardi's comments. "I don't care about what Joe Girardi said, man. I come to play the game every day, and that's about it. I'm done with that.
"I don't want to be national news tomorrow. I don't want to have you guys asking me the same questions. I've got almost 370 bombs in the big leagues, and now it's a big deal because I bat flip [after] one of them."
In a renaissance season, Ortiz has 15 homers and a .323 average. He's the reigning American League Player of the Week.
"David's hit a lot of home runs," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Wednesday afternoon. "I'm not sure what the difference is, whether you flip your bat or if you look in the dugout and wave at somebody. A lot of guys do stuff -- whatever. David's a big boy. He'll be all right."
Girardi said before the game that he did not hear talk from his team about retribution.
Fighting back tightness, Jenks returns to DL
NEW YORK -- In a bit of a scramble before Wednesday night's game against the Yankees, the Red Sox put reliever Bobby Jenks on the disabled list with left back tightness and recalled catcher Luis Exposito from Triple-A Pawtucket.
With catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia unavailable because of an illness, the Red Sox didn't feel comfortable with only Jason Varitek at their disposal behind the plate.
As it was, Varitek was behind the plate for a Tim Wakefield start for the first time since 2005. Widely lauded for his work behind the plate, Varitek had never been particularly comfortable catching the knuckleball.
But in this case, the Red Sox had little other choice.
Jenks had to leave Tuesday's game after four pitches when he experienced back spasms. He underwent an MRI exam during the day on Wednesday, but the Red Sox didn't have results when manager Terry Francona met with the media before the game.
It was a short-lived return to the active roster for Jenks, who was out from May 2-30 with right biceps tendinitis. He was unscored upon in four appearances.
All Francona could report on Saltalamacchia is that the catcher was vomiting late Wednesday morning and the club sent him to a nearby hospital to make sure it was nothing more than the flu.
Assuming Saltalamacchia checks out OK, Exposito could be sent back down as soon as Thursday, at which time the Red Sox would add another pitcher to the roster.
This was Exposito's first stint in the Major Leagues, though he's spent a couple of big league Spring Trainings with Boston.
Red Sox may get Lowrie back on Thursday
NEW YORK -- Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie was out of the starting lineup on Wednesday for the second time in as many games with what he described as a dull ache in his left shoulder. Lowrie underwent an MRI exam on Wednesday and said the initial results were "good."
It was believed that Boston's medical staff was still doing its due diligence. If everything checks out OK, Lowrie could be back in the lineup as early as Thursday, when the Red Sox face Yankees lefty CC Sabathia.
The switch-hitting Lowrie has performed far better this season against lefties (.426, 3 HR, 17 RBI) than righties (.222, 0 HR, 6 RBI).
Could Lowrie come off the bench in Wednesday's game?
"He's available," said manager Terry Francona. "I'd rather not, because I want him to go play and be healthy and be ready to swing it. I'm hoping one more night. Obviously, we want to read the MRI. If that's clean, I'm hoping, especially with CC tomorrow, that we would have Jed available."
Righty Daisuke Matsuzaka has officially scheduled his Tommy John surgery for Friday in Southern California with Dr. Lewis Yocum. Along those same lines, southpaw reliever Rich Hill will undergo his Tommy John procedure on Thursday in Penascola, Fla. Dr. James Andrews will perform Hill's surgery. Both pitchers could return at some point during the 2012 season. ... Outfielder Darnell McDonald, out with a left quadriceps strain, has been performing well in his rehab for Triple-A Pawtucket, and manager Terry Francona acknowledged the team will have to make a decision soon. McDonald is eligible to return from the disabled list on Friday, but he could stay in Pawtucket longer as part of his 20-day rehab stint. ... Lefty Franklin Morales, out with a left forearm strain, threw a side session on Monday at Fenway Park and another at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. He should start a Minor League rehab in the next couple of days.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.