It's been a painful few days for Ortiz, so he's taking it easy Monday night as the Red Sox try to avoid a ninth straight loss.
The Red Sox will be without their usual designated hitter Monday night as they send Clay Buchholz to the mound, hoping to end their losing streak at eight long games.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Brock Holt - SS||Jose Reyes - SS|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Melky Cabrera - LF|
|Yoenis Cespedes - LF||Jose Bautista - RF|
|Mike Napoli - DH||Adam Lind - 1B|
|Allen Craig - 1B||Edwin Encarnacion - DH|
|Daniel Nava - RF||Dioner Navarro - C|
|Will Middlebrooks - 3B||Colby Rasmus - CF|
|Mookie Betts - CF||Danny Valencia - 3B|
|Christian Vazquez - C||Munenori Kawasaki - 2B|
|Clay Buchholz - RHP||J.A. Happ - LHP|
It's no surprise to see Ortiz out of the lineup tonight. He's taken a pitch to the elbow and a foul ball to the ankle/foot in the last few days, and while he soldiered on through the first, there's really no need to be putting him back out there after a second incident in such a short period of time.
With Ortiz out of the lineup, the Red Sox will give Allen Craig some time at first base, moving Mike Napoli (who has dealt with back issues in recent weeks) a day out of the field. Notably, even with Craig at first, Yoenis Cespedes will remain in left with Daniel Nava taking over in right, which would seem to make it clear that John Farrell's odd defensive arrangements are primarily for the former Athletics' benefit.
With the Red Sox on an eight-game slide, and Clay Buchholz having just suffered another implosion after a pair of positive starts, it's hard to have much hope that anything will be different tonight. But if you're looking for silver linings and reasons to hope (not respectively), the Blue Jays are on a 3-7 slump themselves, and the Red Sox are getting back into a conversation for a top-3 draft pick. So we've got that going for us.
First pitch is at 7:07 p.m. ET (because Toronto) with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.
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