David Ortiz has been added to the Fox World Series broadcast

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It’s pregame panel stuff, not in-game commentary. But if you’ve been missing some Big Papi in your life, tune in to the World Series next week:

One of Major League Baseball’s best postseason hitters returns to the October stage this year, only this time he trades his lethal bat for a microphone. David “Big Papi” Ortiz has been added to FOX Sports’ World Series pregame and postgame show roster for the first two games of the 2014 Fall Classic . . . Ortiz joins fellow major leaguer Nick Swisher, World Series Champion Gabe Kapler and Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas as analysts live from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City beginning Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 PM ET on FOX. Kevin Burkhardt anchors all of FOX Sports’ World Series pregame and postgame coverage.

I guess we never can know about this stuff. Fox has used A.J. Pierzynski in the past and before we saw him I think everyone thought he’d be terrible but he was actually really good, and I’d be shocked if he doesn’t have a good post-playing career in the booth. Same with Pedro Martinez, who has been a refreshing, mostly no-B.S. change of pace from the usual.

I’m curious to see how Ortiz does. If he avoids the tack that some players bring to the booth — the near inability to criticize his fellow players — he’ll probably be pretty good.

Phillies place Jay Bruce on the IL, recall Nick Williams

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The Phillies have placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He sustained the injury during a plate appearance in the third inning of last night’s game against the Dodgers. The team expects Bruce to miss at least three weeks.

With Bruce gone so too goes his power — he has 24 homers on the year — and they will try to replace some of it with Nick Williams. Williams has struggled at the big league level but is hitting .345/.403/.628 with six home runs in 28 games at Triple-A this year.