Ortiz suffered a right Achilles strain on July 16, spent more than a month on the disabled list, and then was activated for only one game before landing back on the DL. At this point, according to manager Bobby Valentine, there's no baseball activity scheduled for Ortiz.
Valentine explained he had a recent conversation with general manager Ben Cherington and the subject of shutting down Ortiz was discussed.
"Ben mentioned that to me the other day, but I'm not sure that's the official word, yet," Valentine said.
Valentine added that Cherington told him to prepare as though Ortiz would not be back.
"If he's healthy and he loves to play the game of baseball, he could always go out there and bat it around a little," Valentine said. "I'd hate to jeopardize his career, that's for sure."
Ortiz received a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in his Achilles two weeks ago and has tried everything in order to return and help the Red Sox. But with the club all but officially eliminated from the playoffs, it might be counterproductive for Ortiz to return.
Ortiz, 36, will be a free agent again at the end of this season. In 90 games this season, he hit .318 with 23 homers and 60 RBIs.