Slumping slugger Ortiz getting break from Red Sox lineup

His batting average has slipped to.216, with six home runs and 18 RBI.

“Just meeting with him after yesterday’s game and kind of getting more of a sense of what he’s dealing with while he’s in the batter’s box, plus what he’s battling in addition to that”, Farrell said regarding the reasoning behind the decision. While his strikeout and walk rates are nearly identical to last season’s, there’s a mounting pile of evidence that Ortiz isn’t making as good of contact.

When approached by the media covering the Sox in Texas, Ortiz told them he “has the flu, you shouldn’t be near me”. “There’s some of [the mental aspect], there’s some of what he’s dealing with, battling a little bit, but I think more than anything [he can] hopefully just take a little bit of a step back and regroup”. You know what I’m saying? Of course, the sample size still isn’t all that big, and Ortiz has overcome early-season slumps multiple times in recent years.

“Anyone who watches this game can understand how impressive he is – it’s an easy delivery, it’s a lot of strikes, ” said manager John Farrell. It’s part of the game, man. I keep on working.

“OK”, Ortiz said. “I’m swinging like [junk], so once I figure things out, probably I’ll go back to third, right?” “I have the confidence it’s going to happen at some point”.

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