Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not likely to return to the lineup for the rest of the season, MLB.com reported Friday.
Ortiz has only played one game since July 16 when he strained his right Achilles tendon.
However, the team has not ruled out the possibility that he could still play.
"(General manager) Ben (Cherington) mentioned that to me the other day. I'm not sure that that's the official word yet," manager Bobby Valentine said.
Valentine added that the team is preparing as if Ortiz will not play.
Ortiz returned from the DL on Aug. 24, singling and doubling against the Kansas City Royals, but felt discomfort while running and has not played since then.
The Red Sox, out of contention, do not want to risk Ortiz causing further damage. He is a free agent at the end of the season and the team has expressed interest in re-signing him.
Ortiz is batting .318 with 23 homers and 60 RBI in 324 at-bats.