Plus there is the fact that Ortiz is a guy who has had a number of serious injuries--wrists and knees--and who, the argument at SoSH long ran, had to be kept out of the field not because of his lead glove but because of his injury risks.
Getting Ortiz to go on the DL is not "hellenic flu." The guy is battling with the fallout of several injuries and surgeries. What else causes someone in their early 30s to lose it so fast?
Invoking Dice-K as an example of a phantom injury is silly, too. Dead arm is not a phantom injury and has long been used to justify DL stints--as well it should. Should teams really be forced to use pitchers who are physically unable to pitch with any effectiveness and need rest--or should they just lose a roster spot until the guy can throw again? I don't get it.
Those who are saying that the "just DL him" line is overly simplistic are right--he has to either have an injury OR agree to go on the DL to try to rest and rehab the problems of his accumulated injuries/surgeries. But the fact that Ortiz has to agree in no way means that the Sox can't do it, just that they have to talk him into it. Bribing him seems like a wacky idea, tho.
Didn't he recently get hit on his reconstructed wrist, though? or wack it somehow? I remember thinking, oh crap, but at least he can go on the DL...
And then there is the report that he is "struggling with left shoulder tendenitis
" posted early in this thread.
Seriously, although the Sox wouldn't so it, and the procedure doesn't work this way, if they DL'd Papi against his will, and he filed a grievance, and there was a hearing about it, the Sox would win the case.
He isn't going to play on the road during interleague anyway... he might agree to a DL stint to coinicide with that and avoid any media-fueled embarassment about it. And then the Sox could finally get Chris Carter up so we could stop watching Bailey get dominated by RHP whenever anyone needs a day off. Likely to happen today, BTW, as Bay will be rested.