Ortiz, batting .300 with 24 home runs and 79 RBIs, was a late scratch from the opener Bostons day-night double-header with Tampa Bay Tuesday with what was first called an illness. Later, it was announced he had bursitis and manager Terry Francona said after the second game his No. 5 hitter needs rest.
"He got an MRI and it showed the bursitis in his heel," Francona said. "Were going to get him out of his spikes for a couple of days, get him in a little bit of a walking boot, just to kind of alleviate some of the pressure."
As far as how long Ortiz will be out, Francona said, "Well keep re-evaluating him, Im sure, every couple of days, but we want to get him off that for a little while.
"Its not going to be a DL but were going to have to keep him out there for a little bit and we dont know what that (length of time) is."
The Red Sox also played the double-header, which they split, without shortstop Marco Scutaro, out with back stiffness.