Bobby Valentine Accuses David Ortiz of Using Achilles Injury to Quit on Team

Even with the Boston Red Sox trying to get away from their mistake of a 2012 season, the drama continues.  Bobby Valentine, who was recently fired by the club, gace an interview to NBC Sports.  He spoke with Bob Costas and covered everything from team dysfunction, front office issues, and the fact that he thinks David Ortiz quit on the team.

According to the interview, as summarized by Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Valentine think Ortiz realized the Red Sox weren't going to compete and used the achilles injury as a reason not to play.  It's a harsh jab at one of the franchise's best players, but Valentine has never held back in his feelings and opinions of players.  He said Ortiz seemed like he was ready to contribute after coming off the DL, but then just shut it down.

“David Ortiz came back after spending about six weeks on the disabled list, and we thought it was only going to be a week. He got two hits the first two times up, drove in a couple runs; we were off to the races,” Valentine told 
Bob Costas. “Then he realized that this trade meant that we’re not going to run this race and we’re not even going to finish the race properly and he decided not to play anymore. I think at that time it was all downhill from there.”
Ortiz only played 90 games for the Red Sox.  He was placed on the disabled list in July with a strained achilles.  He attempted a comeback, but he was only able to play one game before being placed back on the DL.  Ortiz underwent platelet-rich plasma injections, but he did not return.

Ortiz hit .318/.415/.611 with 23 home runs in 2012.  He performed so well that it seems the Red Sox are going to give him a two-year contract extension.

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