Red Sox being cautious with ailing Papi

DH could be done for season if wrist continues to bother him

Red Sox being cautious with ailing Papi

BOSTON -- The left wrist injury that David Ortiz is dealing with is something the Red Sox acknowledge they need to be "careful with." In other words, don't look for the slugger to play in the final three games of the season against the Yankees.

"The doctor said I just need to rest so I can get some of that inflammation out of there," said Ortiz. "But it's not anything crazy. From what I heard it's not something I'm super concerned about. My hand is just not what I would like it to be. The doctor already told me the other day, 'let's take it day by day, but what you've got will probably take one or two weeks to go back to normal', and that was two days ago."

Ortiz felt some soreness in Tuesday's game, and hasn't played since.

"He's dealing with some wrist soreness that two nights ago, in his second to last at-bat, he felt it in a swing," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He was checked out yesterday and confirmed the inflammation that's there. What we want to be careful of is, I think it was back in '08, where he had a popping sensation take place after feeling some similar symptoms."

The Red Sox haven't ruled out Ortiz entirely for the season-ending, three-game series against the Yankees, but it seems highly unlikely he will play.

"We're being cautious with this," said Farrell. "If he's available, he'll be in the lineup. That's pretty much day to day at this point."

In 2008, Ortiz suffered a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist that kept him out of 45 games.

At this point, the Red Sox don't think the injury is cause for concern. The problem would be if it worsened with more swings.

"I think what happened to me now, it happened to me in '08 and I never really paid attention to it and all of a sudden my tendon just snapped back then," said Ortiz. "I've been sore the last couple of weeks but it wasn't really bothering me to swing the bat until the other night and that's when I started getting concerned about it."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.