Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has gotten off to a hot start this season, even after missing some time with an Achilles injury. However, in the last week or so his average has slowly dipped after an extended slump during a key series against the Texas Rangers and later against the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays. In fact, he went hitless in the Jays series.
Speculation began on whether or not the slump could have been a side effect stemming from the Dan Shaughnessy column that claimed his torrid start was the cause of PED use and not his own hard work.
Ortiz slammed the door on that during an interview with ESPN's Enrique Rojas in which he stated that he had been feeling tightness in his left oblique muscle for the last week. It even caused him to get a day off last Sunday against the Jays.
The injury may have occurred during the Rangers series on a swing.
Ortiz hit a three-run home run in his first at-bat last night in a 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, FL.
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