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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Change of Plans: David Ortiz Headed to DL

BOSTON, MA - MAY 20:  David Ortiz #34 of the B...

After saying yesterday that a DL stint was unlikely, plans have changed for David Ortiz as he will in fact take a trip to the 15-day disabled list.  (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Yesterday I wrote here that the Red Sox had finally received a bit of good news this season. That was in reference to David Ortiz' Achilles injury, which he didn't expect would cause a trip to the disabled list, rather just a chunk of rest.

Today we got confirmation that the curse of Theo Epstein lives on, and it's pulse is still quite strong. According to Bobby Valentine, after getting a second opinion, David Ortiz will in fact become the latest Red Sox to receive a two-week band-aid aka the disabled list.

In Big Papi's place, Boston will call up minor league slugger Mauro Gomez, who leads the Pawtucket Red Sox in several offensive categories this season. Obviously the hope is that Gomez can provide some punch from the plate to replace Ortiz' output.

In a short stint with the big club this season, Gomez hit .308 with 3 doubles and 3 RBI in 26 at-bats. He did not have a homerun while with Boston.

With Adrian Gonzalez recently experiences some back issues himself, Gomez figures to get some playing time at first base as well as DH. Bobby Valentine would likely use the free position to give some rest to banged up regulars and recently returned stars over the next two weeks (fingers crossed).

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