Ortiz plays first base, exits due to lower back tightness
Boston Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz (34) tags out San Francisco Giants' Andres Torres while Torres was caught trying to steal second base during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez addresses a media swarm before a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, swings for a strike as Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro throws to the pitcher in a baseball game Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
SAN FRANCISCO – Boston Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz left yesterday’s game against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning because of tightness in his lower back.
“It’s just general soreness,” Red Sox Manager John Farrell said after the Red Sox beat the Giants, 12-1. “He’s played first base two of the last three days and he’s not used to it.”
Ortiz was hitless in three at-bats in Boston’s win yesterday, striking out his last two times at the plate. He came out of the game following the top of the fifth inning and was replaced by Mike Napoli.
“With the lead I thought we could get him off his feet and protect him,” Farrell said.
Ortiz entered the day batting .323 with 24 home runs and 78 RBI.
The Red Sox have a day off before opening a series at the Los Angeles Dodgers tomorrow night.