David Ortiz returns to the Red Sox lineup tonight for the first time since his wrist injury of May 31. He was gone for 54 days, and the Boston Globe has an interesting breakdown of the Red Sox offensive numbers since he left. Believe it or not, the numbers actually improved:
Batting average: .280 before; .279 after.
Runs per game: 5 before; a hair over 5 after.
Home runs per game: 1.05 before; 1.15 after.
On-base percentage: .353 before; .360 after.
Slugging percentage: .441 before; .450 after.
The Sox were 34-24 with Ortiz, 26-19 without Big Papi.
It goes to show that the Sox are such a deep team that they didn't miss a beat without having Papi. But his presence back in the lineup should be very welcome and hopefully rejuvenate those players currently struggling. And no better time than to have him return tonight.
And hopefully Manny Ramirez is good to go too. We shall see.