By Marc Weinreich
July 18, 2012

The Red Sox are sending David Ortiz to the 15-day disabled list. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is headed to the disabled list, according to comments Sox manager Bobby Valentine made on Wednesday as a guest on WEEI.

Alex Speier, Sox beat writer for WEEI, first tweeted the news, with the added info that infielder Mauro Gomez will take Ortiz' spot on the roster.

Ortiz will be on the 15-day disabled list for the Sox as he recovers from a sort right heel. According to, he was in Florida on Wednesday to get a second opinion on his heel, which he injured while circling the bases Monday night off a home run from Adrian Gonzalez.

Valentine said the medical report showed no signs of a tear or rupture in his right Achilles. Ortiz said Tuesday that he's in a lot of pain, but didn't feel anything pop:

"It's not torn, which is good," Ortiz said. "I didn't feel a pop, which is the first thing the doctor asked me last night."

While this is obviously a blow to a Red Sox team already plagued with injuries, Ortiz should be back by August 1 if his recovery goes as planned. He leads the Sox in batting average (.316), home runs (23), RBIs (58), runs scored (65) and walks (56), making him the only player in the league to lead his team in all five categories, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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