Ortiz late scratch with back spasms

September, 13, 2011
BOSTON -- Designated hitter David Ortiz was a late scratch from the Red Sox lineup because of back spasms.

Ortiz was originally in the lineup as the cleanup hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays but was replaced by Jed Lowrie in the bottom of the first inning.

Ortiz showed no ill effects prior to the game, but he did take an awkward swing in the cage during batting practice.

UPDATE: After the game, manager Terry Francona said, "Right before the game, and I mean right before the game, his back was getting stiff. He thought he was going to be OK, we turned in the lineup cards, but then he tried to swing and it got really tight, so we had to scratch him."

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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