Ortiz fumes over being excluded from Bosox starting lineup
BALTIMORE — David Ortiz wasn’t in the Boston Red Sox starting lineup Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles, and he obviously wasn’t happy about it.
Ortiz kept his back to reporters, sitting in front of his locker as he reluctantly fielded questions about why he wasn’t starting against Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen.
He said: “What do you want me to tell you? You have to ask the manager. … I do what I get to be told. I’m not playing today, so I’m here in case he needs me later.”
Oritz is batting .114 against left-handers this season and .219 overall, although he’s hitting .308 lifetime against Chen.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said, “You look at the overall body of work against lefties, and that’s what we are trying to address.”