OAKLAND -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital on Tuesday evening for tests to determine why he has experienced palpitations multiple times over a 10-day span. The big slugger remained in the thoughts of his teammates.
"You just hope that everything is OK," said Red Sox second baseman Mark Loretta. "Baseball kind of takes a back seat when you're talking about things of this nature. Obviously, we want him and need him, but we know that it's much bigger than baseball. They're going to do some tests and hopefully that will rule anything and put his mind at ease. Maybe it's fatigue or stress or a combination of the two."
Ortiz experienced stress, dehydration, lack of sleep and a rapid heartbeat on Aug. 18 and checked into Massachusetts General Hospital for observation the next day, where he was kept overnight and released with a clean bill of health.
He actually played (and played hard) in the Yankees series while experiencing this. Contrast that with Manny who took himself out of one of the games when he (supposedly) tweaked his knee.
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