August 25, 2006

Ortiz: Irregular Heartbeat Last Weekend

Tony Massarotti reports that David Ortiz was held overnight at Massachusetts General Hospital last Saturday night to monitor an irregular heartbeat. According to Mazz, Ortiz
acknowledged that he began experiencing a rapid heartbeat Friday night, after a doubleheader against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. When the problem persisted into Saturday, Ortiz visited Mass. General on the suggestion of the team medical staff, led by medical director Dr. Thomas Gill.
The stay was merely precautionary.

6 comments:

L-girl said...

Oh no! Ortiz has been known to give us all rapid heartbeats. Maybe he's having that effect on himself.

Woti-woti said...

Look, I know the Sox are going through a "what don't kill ya, cures ya" stretch, but don't push the envellope, Papi.

Jack Marshall said...

Not to set you guys off again, but this is where Ortiz gets his Brownie points and Manny doesn't. Ortiz stays in the line-up with a heart episode; Manny sits out with a knee issue that the MRI can't detect. Sure: Manny plays the field; sure: everybody's different; sure: if your knee or hamstring hurts, it hurts, and you do no favors to anybody playing sub-par or until you are really injured. All true, BUT: sports culture loves the wounded hero who won't come out of the game when the team needs him. The Sox are at a low point, both stars have health issues, one plays, and one doesn't.

To me, that explains all of it. There is definitely an unfair anti-Manny bias, but it wasn't the main factor this time.

L-girl said...

a knee issue that the MRI can't detect

"MRI showed no structural damange" does not equal the above.

Woti-woti said...

Sports culture? If I had an investment in any player, I'd rather have him sit until he's healthy (and tell me the truth when he wasn't), rather than hear some jackass like Joe Morgan or Steve Phillips describe him as a "warrior".

redsock said...

A faster-than-normal heartbeat that presumably was out of the ordinary and turned out to be nothing versus a chronic condition that has been obvious for years and years.

These two situations are in no way comparable, Jack, and you admit as much.

And Manny did play in the Yankees series. He clearly was playing while hurt and he got on base 19 out of 20 times.

Then, once the Sox got swept, and (in the minds of many fans) fell out of playoff contention, he took a game or two off.

As I posted a few days ago, Manny plays more games per year than any of his teammates (with very few exceptions). He plays in pain a lot of the time.