David Ortiz calmed some of the hyperventilating in Boston (no thanks to Tony Massarotti’s overeager coverage) by saying he will know in two to three weeks whether he can play again this season, and that playing again is a likelihood.
I think the doctors say 70 to 80 percent of the people that had this, normally when they get the cast, it normally goes back [to where it was], If the pain goes away and I still have the clicking, I probably can play through it and maybe fix it after the season. Otherwise, if I have the pain, I [might need surgery].
Theo Epstein also rejected reports that Ortiz’s injury was a tendon tear.
The tendon itself is unaffected; it’s completely intact. It’s not in jeopardy. What is partially torn is the sheath that holds the tendon in the groove.
Both said the injury is like — but not as severe as — similar injuries to Nomar Garciaparra and Curt Schilling. So all is not black. Still gray. But not black. We hope.