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MLB roundup: Red Sox place Ortiz on DL

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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a sore right heel, manager Bobby Valentine told Boston radio station WEEI on Wednesday.

The team will activate infielder Mauro Gomez to fill his spot.

Ortiz was hurt rounding the bases on teammate Adrian Gonzalez's home run Monday. He received a second opinion Wednesday, which Valentine said confirmed the original diagnosis. There were no signs of a tear or rupture in his right Achilles, but he must rest for at least a week.

Ortiz is eligible to be activated around Aug. 1.

The lefty has been the team's most consistent hitter this season. He leads the Red Sox in batting average (.316), home runs (23), RBIs (58), runs scored (65) and walks (56).

---The Baltimore Orioles recalled right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, and designated Brad Bergesen for assignment.

Hunter posted a 3-4 record with a 6.11 ERA in 15 games over three stints with the team. He went 2-1 with a 4.66 ERA in three starts with the Tides.

Bergesen went 4-3 with one save and a 4.03 ERA in 22 games -- 10 starts -- with the Tides this season.

---The Boston Red Sox reportedly have been offered a mega-deal by the Miami Marlins, who would trade closer Heath Bell and infielder Hanley Ramirez for outfielder Carl Crawford and a prospect.

The proposed traded, which was first reported by USA Today Sports on Wednesday, would involve three All-Stars who have combined contracts of $239 million.

Crawford, who was activated for the first time this season this week, was slowed this season by elbow, wrist and groin injuries. Bell has blown six saves of 25 save chances this season and has temporarily lost his job. Ramirez is in the midst of a season-long slump, hitting a career-low .249.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington denied Crawford, who is in the second year of a seven-year, $142 million contract, was involved in any trade talks.

"We have not offered Carl to a single team," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told USA TODAY Sports. "We have not pursued anything on Carl Crawford. Carl is our left fielder."

The deal also would signal a while flag for the Marlins, who spent hundreds of millions of dollars on players this off-season while opening Marlins Park.

"It's up to the players," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said Monday. "If they play good, nobody is going to leave. If they play bad ...it's part of the business. It's a big week for us, yes."

USA Today Sports also reported the Marlins are considering trades involving infielder Omar Infante and starting pitchers Josh Johnson and Anibal Sanchez.

Ramirez, 28, was part of the Red Sox's minor-league system before he was traded to the Marlins in a deal that helped them land starter Josh Beckett. He was selected as the 2006 National League Rookie of the Year and won the 2009 batting title (.342) in 2009. However, his average has fallen the past two seasons.

Crawford also had issues the past two years, hitting a career-low .255 last season and was sideline by injuries this season.
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