Ortiz headed to disabled list

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will go on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right heel, manager Bobby Valentine said Wednesday afternoon on Boston sports radio station WEEI. Infielder Mauro Gomez will be activated to take his spot on the roster.

Ortiz was in Florida on Wednesday for a second opinion on the heel, which he injured in bizarre fashion while circling the bases on teammate Adrian Gonzalez's home run Monday against the Chicago White Sox.

Valentine said the second opinion confirmed the original diagnosis, which concluded that while there were no signs of a tear or rupture in his right Achilles, he would need to rest it for at least a week.

If the team backdated the stint to Tuesday, he would be eligible to come off around Aug. 1, the day after baseball's trade deadline.

While he acknowledged Tuesday that he was in pain, Ortiz said the injury was not as serious as it could have been.

"It's not torn, which is good," Ortiz said. "I didn't feel a pop, which is the first thing the doctor asked me last night."

Ortiz missed nine games last season with bursitis in his right heel, but said this injury is not related.

"This is different," he said. "It's the same area but different. There's more soreness."

Until Monday night, Ortiz had avoided the slew of injuries that so far had 21 Red Sox players to the disabled list for 24 DL stints, costing the team almost a thousand games missed.

Ortiz has been the most consistent hitter this season for the Red Sox, who are four games into a 19-game run against American League postseason contenders Tampa Bay, Chicago, Toronto, Texas, New York and Detroit.

He leads the Red Sox in batting average (.316), home runs (23), RBIs (58), runs scored (65) and walks (56). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the only player in the major leagues currently leading his team outright in all five categories.