Wade will be placed on the disabled list before Monday’s opener against the Pirates and Ortiz’s contract will be purchased, manager Joe Torre confirmed. That procedural delay is precautionary in case an injury was suffered during Sunday’s workout, which was held in unseasonably warm weather. None was reported. ”It’s just a technicality,” said Torre.
There you have it. Paranoid? Maybe, but an injury to the wrong person could have caused them to keep someone other than Ortiz.
Gurnick went on to mention a couple of other things:
- Ethier said a knee that hyperextended during batting practice last week has healed and he will start Monday.
- Padilla said the forearm soreness that pestered him all spring is better, and he’s taking the ball Monday for his first Opening Day start regardless.
- Torre also said he will bat Russell Martin second Monday and Matt Kemp fifth, behind Manny Ramirez.