BOSTON -- Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, frustrated that his right Achilles hasn't healed enough for him to return to the lineup, indicated he will speak to team doctors as early as Monday about an alternate treatment.
"I'm thinking about it. Not cortisone," Ortiz said. "I have to talk to the doctors. I have to get more information. The doctors have given me some ideas, because I'm still very sore. I have to talk to them to see what's up."
Ortiz last played for the Red Sox on July 16, straining his Achilles when he had to start and stop on a home run by Adrian Gonzalez.
He initially hoped he would be back in the lineup the first day he was eligible to come off the disabled list. But Aug. 1 came and went, and Ortiz still finds himself in the one place he doesn't want to be -- the bench.
Ortiz wishes the injury would heal quicker.
"Of course," said Ortiz. "I haven't played in the past three weeks and I still have pain. I'm not worried about getting worse, because I know I'm getting better. But the pain won't go away. I don't know if that's part of the healing process, I don't know. Some days I feel better, and the next day is going to be even better, and the next day it continues to be sore. We'll see. After I work out and do things, I get really sore, too."
Ortiz wasn't sure exactly what the doctors would have in mind.
"I'm not going to get an injection. No way. They're not putting anything in that spot right there," said Ortiz. "What they've been talking about is like anesthesia. It's like when you go to the dentist and they try and numb something. That would be around the tendon, get rid of some of the inflammation. It's something to think about. I'm going to get some information about that."
Ortiz is hitting .316 with 23 homers and 58 RBIs for the Red Sox, and was their most consistent force before the injury.