Red Sox DH David Ortiz plans to attend the All-Star Game later this month, but it will only be as a spectator. The current vote-getter for American League DH has a partially torn sheath on a tendon in his left wrist, suffered in a game at Baltimore on May 31st.
“I’m going to go to the All-Star Game. Show respect for the fans,” said Ortiz “I’m not going to be able to play.”
Ortiz was wearing an immobilizing cast, but has since had it removed. He’s begun hitting off of a tee, and may begin soft toss sessions before the team heads to New York.
“I’m still working my way up,” Ortiz said. “I’m feeling better everyday. I’m not going to tell you when I’m going to be 100 percent because I don’t know.”
Ortiz was leading the team with 13 home runs and 43 runs batted in when he was injured. In his absence, right fielder JD Drew has stepped up to power the Sox offense. In the past 30 days drew is batting .337 with 12 homers, 27 RB, 1 stolen base, and a whopping OPS of 1.31 (this puts him as #1 in scoring in most standard format fantasy baseball leagues in that time).
Ortiz is not likely to return until he is assessed again after the All-Star Break.