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David Ortiz returned to the lineup Thursday after sitting out several days with dehydration and general soreness. He served as the designated hitter and went 0-for-3 with an RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Part of the reason the Red Sox sat David Ortiz is that he really does not need to play a full slate of spring training games. And at age 39, Boston may give him days off here and there during the season to help preserve him for a possible playoff run.

 

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David Ortiz missed his second consecutive game on Wednesday due to dehydration. (Source: Nick Cafardo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This does not expect to be a longterm issue for Ortiz, and he should not be bumped down any draft boards because of it.

 

Big Papi arrived at spring training with a weighty quip about new teammate Pablo Sandoval. "My belly hasn't grown like Panda," David Ortiz said Tuesday, joking about new Boston Red Sox teammate Pablo Sandoval. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: David Ortiz has come into training camp in great shape. Hopefully he is fully recovered from his wrist injury from late last season. At 39, Oritz has been on a decline each of the past three years but he is still a top fantasy hitter. Expect another decline this year but he is still worth owning and if you can get him after the early rounds in fantasy drafts, he should provide value to your lineup.

 

David Ortiz missed the final 5 games of the 2104 season with inflammation of the left wrist but overall had a healthy year and finished with 35 home runs and 104 runs batted in.

Fantasy Impact: The last couple of years fantasy owners have been waiting for David Ortiz to break down and Ortiz has proved them wrong hitting over 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in the last two years. Coming into 2015 Ortiz is fully healthy. But at age 39, he comes with the risk of is this the year he breaks down questions. Do not draft him early but if he is available in the middle rounds he is worth the gamble. Especially with an improved lineup in Boston this year.