David Ortiz enters Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins with zero hits in his last 16 at-bats. As a result of his most recent slump — and the .221 batting average he’s sporting — Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell dropped Ortiz to fifth in the batting order for the first time since 2012.
It’s another change to a Red Sox lineup that has been in constant flux over the past week in an effort to light a fire under the stagnant offense.
“There’s no lack of confidence in David (Ortiz),” Farrell told reporters, as seen on NESN’s “Red Sox First Pitch.” “Every good hitter — every hitter — is going to go through some stretches of time where maybe things aren’t clicking or they don’t get a lot of good fortune when they do square some balls up.
“But we’re going to rely on David. We’re going to build our lineup around him. … This is just a temporary time right now.”
Check out more of Farrell’s comments and analysis from NESN’s Tom Caron and Jim Rice in the video above.
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