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David Ortiz unlikely to return from disabled list Sunday

Aug 11, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

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David Ortiz was aiming to return from the disabled list for Sunday’s series finale against the Indians, but it’s increasingly likely that he won’t be ready.

Progress has been slow since Ortiz received a pain-killing injection in his ailing right heel on Monday. The veteran slugger was scheduled to go through agility drills and run the bases before last night’s game, but Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told Tim Britton of the Providence Journal that he rested instead.

Ortiz is expected to ramp up running activities again today, but when asked specifically whether he thinks he’ll be back Sunday, Valentine said, “I don’t think so.”

Ortiz hasn’t played since straining his right Achilles tendon while running the bases on July 16. The 36-year-old is hitting .316/.414/.609 with 23 home runs, 58 RBI and a 1.024 OPS in 89 games played this season. He told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe yesterday that he’s resigned to playing through pain for the rest of the year.

  1. yahmule - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Might take some pressure off his foot if he dropped 10 or 50 pounds.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Ortiz running in a non-game situation? Nah, that’s gotta be photoshopped.

    • yahmule - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      It is photoshopped. They erased the donut on a stick the Red Sox trainers dangle in front of him.

  3. glennrwordman - Aug 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    “The 36-year-old is hitting .316/.414/.609 with 23 home runs, 58 RBI and a 1.024 OPS in 89 games played this season.”

    Let him trot. Or feed the rest of the team whatever he’s eating.

  4. willclarkgameface - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    B12, baby. B12. GO GET ‘EM!

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