Farrell trying to pick spots for Ortiz
David Ortiz was out of the lineup on Tuesday night, marking his first day off since April 26, when he the Red Sox didn’t have the DH in Atlanta.
With the Red Sox facing lefty Sean Manaea, manager John Farrell felt it was a good time to give Ortiz a rest during this stretch in which his team plays 32 games in 33 days.
“As strong a start as he’s had, personally, I lose sight that he’s 40 years old,” said Farrell. “There are going to be periodic days for rest. I thought tonight was a matchup that, maybe our right-handers have a better matchup. David’s a good matchup against anyone. If you’re picking your spots, this is a day for David to be down.”
Brock Holt also got a rest, with Chris Young playing left. Hanley Ramirez replaced Ortiz at DH, with Travis Shaw moving from third to first and Josh Rutledge got the nod at third.