BOSTON -- Designated hitter David Ortiz was pulled from the Red Sox's lineup in the first inning of Tuesday night's game vs. the Blue Jays because of back spasms.
Jed Lowrie took over for Ortiz in the cleanup spot and struck out swinging against Toronto's Brandon Morrow. Boston had runners on first and second with one out in a scoreless game at the time Ortiz was supposed to hit, and the Sox finished the inning ahead, 2-0.
Boston's been hit hard by injuries lately. Much of their rotation is down, while Ortiz's protection in the lineup, third baseman Kevin Youkilis, returned to the lineup on Tuesday, but he is planning on offseason sports hernia surgery.