David Ortiz’s recent slump at the plate, combined with a flu bug he’s dealing with, has resulted in the designated hitter being absent from the Boston Red Sox’s lineup for Thursday night’s road game against the Texas Rangers.

A day off, or a couple of them, could help Ortiz find ways to improve at the plate and return to 100 percent health.

Check out the “Red Sox Gameday Live” video above to watch NESN’s Jerry Remy share his take on Ortiz’s situation as Boston opens a weekend series in Texas.

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