BOSTON (AP) -David Ortiz was out of Boston's starting lineup Saturday because of a left shoulder strain that is not considered serious.
An MRI taken Saturday showed that the designated hitter, injured while diving into second base Friday night, suffered no structural damage. He was thrown out trying to stretch a single in Boston's 10-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Ortiz had played in 90 of the Red Sox previous 96 games before beginning Saturday's game against Chicago on the bench. He was listed as day-to-day.
Manny Ramirez served as designated hitter and Wily Mo Pena took Ramirez's place in left field.
Manager Terry Francona said Ortiz's condition was what the club expected Friday night.
``We thought he'd show up today and he'd be stiff and sore,'' Francona said. ``He was tested for strength and everything turned out pretty good.''
Francona, who had been ejected in the first inning, joked that he felt the impact when the 230-pound Ortiz hit the ground.
``I was on the couch in my office,'' Francona said. ``I almost fell off the couch.''
Earlier this month, Ortiz said he has been playing with a torn meniscus in his right knee since the middle of last season. He said he hasn't needed surgery because the knee is not inflamed.
This season, he is hitting .321 with 16 homers and 60 RBIs.
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