"You're traveling to another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. There's a sign post up ahead. Your next stop… THE TWILIGHT ZONE."
Submitted for your approval: One, David Americo (Arias) Ortiz. Professional baseball player for the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox. David Ortiz, aka Big Papi, is about to embark on a trip around the bases. A trip he has taken too many times to count… without incident. But this trip will be different. Different in it's destination. Different in it's time. You see, Big Papi, is about to stray from the base paths. Big Papi's stroll around the bases is about to become a journey… a journey that will lead straight into… THE TWILIGHT ZONE.
I guess this is as plausible an explanation as any. What is going on with David Ortiz? It's been 7 months since the right Achilles tendon strain, and he still can't run the bases without getting sore. Originally it was a couple of days and he'll be fine. Then it was a week-to-10-days, before he would even take batting practice. Then it was the DL. Then maybe the end of the season… then he was gone!
What has he been doing since? Certainly not baseball activities! And what of ownership? They showed little trepidation when signing the 37 year old DH to a multi-year contract! For the first time in years! Did they venture into The Twilight Zone as well?
I actually believed them the other day when they said he would play at the end of the week. I breathed a sigh of relief, and hearkened back to my original worry, that neither Napoli or Middlebrooks will be enough protection for Ortiz in the line up, and as a result, he won't get many pitches to hit in 2013. Then, like every other time since mid-July 2012... no go… maybe later… don't worry too much… he'll be fine. He might miss opening day… plus a couple of more games.
Now they say it's not the Achilles but the muscles and tendons around it, but there is no update on his condition. Not that I'm waiting with baited breath for a report from the Red Sox crack medical staff anyway. But someone, somewhere, must have learned something about the injury in the last 7 months… or maybe they have all been ducking sign posts.