David Ortiz missed his 20th game Monday night after going on the disabled list with a strained right Achilles’.
Earlier Monday, in an attempt to speed up his recovery, Ortiz had an injection of Novocaine to help alleviate the pain and soreness he was experiencing after supervised workouts.
“I guess [it lasts] for like 6-8 hours, but it’s supposed to get the pain better,’’ Ortiz said after Monday night’s 9-2 victory over the Rangers. “It hurt. Guess I have to give it a couple of days to see what the reaction is like and go from there.’’
Ortiz expressed hope of returning to the lineup for the upcoming 10-game road trip, which begins Thursday in Cleveland.
“If everything goes well, hopefully [Cleveland],’’ Ortiz said. “I don’t think I’m doing anything for the next couple of days. I haven’t been told anything.’’
Manager Bobby Valentine declined to put a timetable on Ortiz’s return.
“When he’s ready, I’ll be ready to put him in the lineup,’’ Valentine said. “I thought it was days a couple of days ago, so it was probably wrong, huh?’’
Daisuke Matsuzaka, on the 15-day DL with a right upper trapezius strain, made his second rehab start with Triple A Pawtucket Sunday vs. Lehigh Valley, and gave up four runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk.
He struck out three over three innings and threw 75 pitches (49 strikes).
“The first two innings, he threw the ball better than he has,’’ Valentine said. “But when an error was made behind him and a couple of guys got on base, he lost a little bit of his command.”
“But Arnie [Beyeler, the PawSox manager] thought it was the best he’d seen him so far,’’ Valentine added. “The second inning wasn’t what they were hoping for, but his first inning was terrific. He’s getting close to helping us.’’
End of story
Rangers manager Ron Washington seemed to absolve former starter Roy Oswalt of blame for his decision not to pitch a third inning of relief in Sunday’s 7-6 loss in 10 innings at Kansas City.
Oswalt informed Washington he could not continue after throwing 30 pitches in the seventh and eighth innings.
Oswalt had a 6.49 ERA in six starts and wound up moving to the bullpen when Texas acquired Ryan Dempster from the Cubs last Tuesday.
Oswalt had thrown 150 pitches in seven days when he told Washington he was unable to pitch further vs. Kansas City.
“Since I’ve been here, if a player tells me he can’t go, that’s it,’’ Washington said before Monday night’s game against the Red Sox. “It ends right there and, for me, it ended right there.’’
A Morales booster
Given Franklin Morales’s stellar performance (6 innings, 1 run, 3 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts) in Sunday’s 6-4 victory over the Twins, Valentine was asked if he was considering the lefthander for a more permanent role in the starting rotation. “I’ve always wanted to start him since we started,’’ Valentine said. “We’re just trying to see if we can make that work.’’ Aaron Cook might have made that a difficult decision for the manager after going seven strong innings against the Rangers . . . Andrew Bailey, on the 60-day DL recovering from right thumb surgery, made his third rehab appearance Sunday with Double A Portland vs. Erie, and allowed one run in an inning while striking out two, giving him six strikeouts over three innings in three rehab outings. “He came in today and he said he felt great,’’ said Valentine, who indicated Bailey next would pitch Wednesday and Thursday for Pawtucket. “He said he threw about 22 pitches and all but two of them were just about what he wanted to do. That’s pretty good.’’ . . . Valentine said Vicente Padilla needs some time off after tweaking his groin and experiencing some right arm soreness after he gave up three runs on two hits — both homers — in the ninth inning against the Twins Sunday. “He needs a day, at least, we’ll see,’’ Valentine said. “He has a little groin situation and a little biceps/triceps soreness.’’ . . . Scott Atchison met Monday with Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., to receive a second opinion on what’s been called a torn ulnar collateral ligament. “He’s going to make a determination [on surgery] in the next couple of days when he evaluates all the opinions,’’ Valentine said of Atchison . . . Lefthander Rich Hill , recovering from elbow surgery, probably will go to Fort Myers, Fla., once this homestand ends and throw batting practice before getting into a Gulf Coast League game . . . Evan Lepler, a native of Sharon who is the radio voice of the Single A Salem (Va.) Red Sox, handled the public address duties . . . A moment of silence was observed for the victims of the shooting in Wisconsin Sunday.