Ortiz has right knee surgery, expected back for spring training

BOSTON -- David Ortiz had arthroscopic surgery on his right
knee Tuesday and is expected to participate fully in spring
training next February with the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox said the operation at Massachusetts General Hospital
shouldn't interfere with the designated hitter's training program.

Ortiz was bothered by the knee injury for much of the season but
still played in 149 games. He sat out the penultimate game of the
regular season after he received a cortisone shot in his knee that

He hit a career-high .332 this year, but his 35 homers and 117
RBIs were his lowest totals in the past four seasons. Ortiz led the
AL with a .445 on-base percentage and was third with a .621
slugging percentage.

Ortiz played in all 14 postseason games, hitting .370 with a
.696 slugging percentage, three homers and 10 RBIs for the World
Series champions.