The Red Sox's designated hitter went back on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of his bothersome right Achilles, but he intends to return this season. He was slated to receive a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection Monday and will fly to the West Coast separately from the team.
"That helps you heal a little faster," Ortiz said. "The doctor said there's a 60-70 percent chance of that to help. I had that done before, and I believe in it big time. The thing is that we didn't get it done before because we thought it wasn't needed in my case, but at this stage, this point, I've got to get through it. When I heard them talking about it this morning, it kind of made me happy, because the one thing I was listening about before was hanging it up for the rest of the season, which is something that came into my head a little bit, just for being out with no hope [of coming back]. But the doctor brought that up and I want to give it a try."
With the Red Sox's playoff chances fading, Ortiz likely won't be back on the field again unless the circumstances are ideal for him, but the plan is to try. He's a free agent again this year with his sights set on a multiyear deal, and he has the numbers for one: a .318 average with 23 home runs and a .611 slugging percentage.
Ortiz has played in just one game since July 16. On Friday, in a 4-3 win over the Royals, he rattled off two hits, one a double. It was legging out the double that showed him he still wasn't right.
"If everyone felt, if he had that desire and the medical staff thought that it was the best thing for his career, that would definitely be done," manager Bobby Valentine said of shutting Ortiz down. "But with the meeting of the minds [we held Monday], with David wanting to get back in uniform and the medical staff believing that there's a chance that he could, we figured that's the best way to go."
Outfielder Ryan Kalish was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Ortiz's spot on the active roster. Right-hander Pedro Beato was optioned to Pawtucket to make room for Monday's starter, Daisuke Matsuzaka, who came off the DL.
The decision for Ortiz to do PRP was in place of doing shockwave treatment immediately. He will still undergo that form of therapy, he said, but to do it now would definitively mean ending his season.
"It was going to be my next step, which is something that you've got to be out of activity, baseball activity, for four to five weeks," Ortiz said. "That's why, in my mind, I was like that's what we've got left for the season, so I guess if I'm going to go and have that done, it's going to be a wrap. But we came out with some ideas, different ideas today, and that's what we're going to go and do now, the next couple days, and if I'm good to go, I'm good to go. I'll be happy to come back and play."
Ortiz again said surgery isn't necessary as things stand now. He also reinforced that he wants to be with the Red Sox next year, accounting for the team's makeover.
"Through the years, I always keep telling everyone how important it is for me to be part of this organization," Ortiz said. "This is what I know and this is something I want to be part of. I know we've been having a lot of issues through the years, but I always try to be honest with you guys. I know how hard sometimes it can be to perform at the highest level here. Things will get better. I think a lot of it has to do with the way the team is playing at the time. When things are going good, you don't hear any of it. Hopefully for the years to come, we start performing better and all the negativity and stuff just goes away."