David Ortiz to miss a week with bursitis

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Red Sox’ DH David Ortiz missed last night’s game with bursitis in his right heel.  He’s going to need to be in a boot for a few days and tells WEEI’s Alex Speier that he expects to miss no more than a week.

In other news, the last time I heard someone complaining about bursitis, I was talking with my grandpa.  Of course, this pales compared to David Wells’ gout a few years ago.

Up next: we need a ballplayer to get a good case of dropsy or something.  I think they can cure all of these things with Smeckler’s Powder.

Arizona Diamondbacks, Tony La Russa part ways

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The Arizona Diamondbacks just announced that they are parting ways with Tony La Russa at the end of the month.

La Russa served as the club’s “Chief Baseball Officer” from 2015-16. For the last year he was styled “Chief Baseball Analyst.” That’s a nice way to saying that he was pushed aside when the club fired his hand-picked general manager Dave Stewart and brought in Mike Hazen to run the club a year ago. La Russa was stripped of his powers, but was told he could hang around as an advisor. Most didn’t think he’d actually take the club up on that offer, but he did. By all accounts he was a pretty unobtrusive presence around the team this year, offering counsel and insight when asked but not making things awkward the way having the old boss around might do.

I suppose that can only last so long, however. The Dbacks had considerably more success without La Russa in charge in 2017 than they had with him in charge the previous couple of years. At some point you just part ways. That point is now.