Ortiz at peace as he awaits discipline
David Ortiz, who started at DH for the AL on Tuesday night, knows that discipline is coming shortly for his altercation with Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg last Friday at Fenway.
MLB exec Joe Torre hinted today that the punishment could be handed out as early as Thursday, the day before the Red Sox open their second half at Tropicana Field against the Rays.
While missing time is the last thing Ortiz wants to do while his team chases a postseason berth, he seems to know it’s coming.
“I know there’s going to be some discipline going on with myself,” Ortiz said. “Like I say, things get out of hand and I don’t feel like I was the one who started this so we’ll see.”
Ortiz thinks the film and the reports filled out by the umpires will speak for themselves.
“They go through all the video and stuff like that,” Ortiz said. “There’s not too much you have to say. Like I say, it’s a situation that got out of hand and we’ll see – we’ll see how it goes.”
Will Ortiz definitely appeal?
“It all depends what they come with. You can’t do nothing until you see what’s on the table,” he said.
The Red Sox All-Stars will travel home on Tuesday and have a day off on Wednesday. The team will fly to Tampa on Thursday and workout at Tropicana Field at 6 p.m. ET.