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Gammons On Toucher & Rich: Ortiz Putting Up Great Numbers

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Red Sox DH David Ortiz. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Red Sox DH David Ortiz. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

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The Red Sox fell to the Twins 6-1 at Fenway Park on Tuesday night and suffered some more bad luck in the injury department.

Will Middlebrooks and David Ross had to leave leave the game after colliding with each other in the fifth inning. Middlebrooks and Ross both gave chase to a Chris Parmalee foul ball, with the two colliding as they slid to make the catch.

On Monday they placed closer Andrew Bailey on the 15-day DL with a right biceps strain, followed by Joel Hanrahan hitting the DL on Tuesday with a right forearm strain.

Peter Gammons joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Wednesday to discuss the injury-plagued Red Sox, David Ortiz’s performance so far, and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ and pitcher safety.

Since returning from an Achilles injury, DH David Ortiz has been crushing the ball at the plate. Ortiz is batting .414 with four homers and 17 RBIs in his 15 games back, impressive numbers for a 37 year old.

Ortiz’s name appeared on a list of players who tested positive for PEDs in 2003, and Dan Shaughnessy makes that point in a recent article in the Boston Globe. What are Gammons’ thoughts on the matter?

Also, last night the Toronto Blue Jays suffered a huge scare  as pitcher J.A. Happ took a line drive off his head. Happ was taken off the field on a stretcher — the fourth such episode in the last four months of major league regular and postseason play.

Should pitchers be wearing a helmet of some sort? Find out Peter Gammons’ take with Toucher & Rich!

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