David Ortiz was held out of yesterday’s double header with bursitis in his heel. He was originally in the starting line-up but was pulled moments before game one began.
After the nightcap Red Sox manager Terry Francona talked about the injury. “It was bothering him on the road trip, and when he went out to run his sprints before the game, it kind of grabbed at him a little bit,” Francona said. “He was pretty sore before the game.”
Red Sox fans shouldn’t worry though because a trip to the DL seems unlikely.
According to the National Institute of Health, Bursitis rarely requires surgery and treatment usually involves rest and ice. But if the symptoms persist it may be necessary for Ortiz to receive a cortisone shot.
In some cases bursitis can be infected and require surgical removal. Colts QB Peyton Manning had a bursa in his knee removed in 2008.