December 16, 2018
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Red Sox slugger Ortiz out due to illness; Betts, Ramirez spark victory

Tommy Gilligan | USA Today Sports
Tommy Gilligan | USA Today Sports
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is sidelined with an illness and will be out of the lineup until later this week.

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is sidelined due to an illness and will sit out until sometime next week.

Ortiz, who last played in a spring game Monday, is batting .267 (4-for-15) with one home run, five RBIs and two walks in six spring games.

Ortiz missed his third game in a row on Friday while dealing with dehydration and other various things, Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

“He’s under the weather,” Farrell said. “He’s dealing with a couple of things. He’s going to remain going through overall treatment just getting some of the general soreness out of it. I don’t anticipate him in a game over the weekend.”

In Sunday’s game, Mookie Betts raced around the bases for an inside-the park home run and Hanley Ramirez blasted a three-run shot to help the Red Sox edge the Phillies 7-6 in Grapefruit League action at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.

Ramirez was hitting only .208 entering the game but had two hits Sunday with five RBIs.

Betts continued his hot spring as he was 2 for 2 and is now batting .471.

Knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright made his case for getting one of Boston’s starting jobs as the right-hander turned in a strong effort. He shut out the Phillies over four innings and gave up just two hits and two walks, striking out two.

Righty Rick Porcello will get the start for the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. Monday when Boston hosts the Cardinals at JetBlue Park. Pitchers Edward Mujica, Alexi Ogando, Tommy Layne and Brandon Workman are expected to get some innings while oft-injured Shane Victorino is expected to start in right field. It will be the first time this spring he will play back-to-back-days.

MLB NOTES: Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will miss his scheduled start Sunday against the Detroit Tigers because of a sprained left ankle sustained during conditioning drills on Friday, manager Matt Williams said. Williams added that the injury is not considered serious and that Strasburg is expected to miss only a few days. Right-hander A.J. Cole will start in his place. … New York Yankees right-hander Jose Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Ramirez had been competing for a spot in the Yankees bullpen.

 


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