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Francona: Ortiz has bursitis in right heel

BOSTON--Red Sox DH David Ortiz has bursitis in his right heel and was being checked out at the hospital by the Red Sox medical staff, manager Terry Francona said after Boston's 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday afternoon.

Ortiz was scratched just before the game, with Jed Lowrie inserted as DH. The original reason given for his exit from the lineup was illness, but Francona said that was a result of miscommunication.

The condition bothered Ortiz on the team's trip last week to Minnesota and Seattle, Francona said, though it didn't appear to impact his performance. Ortiz batted .500 (11 for 22) with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs on the trip. But when discomfort persisted Tuesday morning when he ran some sprints before the game, the team decided to have him checked.

Bursitis refers to an inflamed bursal sac, which is filled with fluid and acts to lubricate and reduce the friction between muscles and tendons. When there is bursitis in the foot, it usually occurs in the bursa sac located between the Achilles tendon and heel bone. The sac protects the tendon from the pressure of the heel bone rubbing against it.