Red Sox slugger David Ortiz rejoins club in Pittsburgh

6:44 PM

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is back with the team after leaving Sunday's series finale in Kansas City due to a personal matter.

Ortiz is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but will be available off the bench. He is expected to start Thursday at first base.

Considering the Red Sox won't have the designated hitter this week in Pittsburgh, it stands to reason the team is giving Ortiz more rest after he missed another game last week with a sore foot. Mike Napoli will start at first base.

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Greg M. Cooper

Sept 14, 6:33 PM

Red Sox's Ortiz left game Sunday due to family emergency

Sept 14, 6:33 PM

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz had trouble staying in the lineup during a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals that wrapped up Sunday. 

The slugger was held out of Friday's game as the result of a sore foot and was forced to leave the series finale in the seventh inning in order to tend to a personal matter. 

Ortiz finished an abbreviated series 4-for-12 with one RBI.