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David Ortiz likely to start season on DL

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox announced Sunday that they will shut down David Ortiz for 5-7 days to allow inflammation in both of his heels (not his strained Achilles’ tendon) to calm down, meaning Ortiz may not be ready to start the season.

That would leave the Sox’ lineup without its premier power hitter as the team plays its first 13 games of the season against American League East opponents.

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