Red Sox place David Ortiz on 15-day disabled list; recall Gomez

BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today placed designated hitter David Ortiz on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 17) due to a right Achilles strain and recalled first baseman Mauro Gomez from Triple-A Pawtucket.  Gomez is slated to start at designated hitter and bat sixth tonight against the White Sox at Fenway Park.

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington. 


Ortiz, 36, leads American League qualifiers with a 1.024 OPS and is tied for the Major League lead with 65 runs scored.  He is batting .316 (101-for-320) with 25 doubles, 23 home runs, 58 RBI and 56 walks in 89 games for the Red Sox this season, his eighth career All-Star campaign in the last nine years.  The left-handed batter has hit safely in a season-high 11 straight games since July 2, going 15-for-35 (.429) with 13 walks in that span.  In 1,831 career Major League games over 16 seasons with Minnesota (1997-2002) and Boston (2003-12), Ortiz is a lifetime .285 hitter (1,861-for-6,535) with 481 doubles, 16 triples, 401 home runs, 1,324 RBI and 1,011 walks.  He is the only Major Leaguer to accumulate at least 20 home runs in all 11 seasons from 2002-12.


The 27-year-old Gomez hit .308 (8-for-26) with three doubles, three RBI, two runs scored and a walk in eight games over two previous stints with the Red Sox this season, his first career Major League experience.  Named an International League All-Star, the right-handed batter is leading the circuit with 49 extra-base hits in 73 games for the PawSox in 2012.  He also ranks among IL leaders in batting average (2nd, .317, 90-for-284), doubles (2nd, 28), home runs (T-3rd, 20), RBI (6th, 57), slugging percentage (2nd, .634) and total bases (3rd, 180) while also tallying one triple, 51 runs and 22 walks.  Signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent on February 2, Gomez is a career .278 hitter (896-for-3,224) with 220 doubles, 12 triples, 128 homers, 525 RBI, 458 runs scored and 222 walks in 10 minor league seasons in the Rangers (2003-09), Braves (2010-11) and Red Sox (2012) systems.