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David Ortiz runs the bases for a second straight day

Mar 5, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

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Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game yet this spring because of lingering concerns about the strength of his right Achilles’ tendon. But things are looking up.

Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Ortiz ran the bases Tuesday afternoon in Red Sox camp for a second consecutive day. Abraham says Ortiz did the running with “less duration and intensity” than his Monday workout, but the 37-year-old reported feeling fine during and after, and is on track to begin playing in spring games within the next week or so.

Ortiz appeared in just one game after July 16 last season because of the right heel discomfort, but he still managed to hit .318/.415/.611 with 23 home runs and 60 RBI. He underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment for the injury in September.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    “Abraham says Ortiz did the running with “less duration and intensity” than his Monday workout”

    I believe outside of Red Sox camp that’s referred to as “walking.”

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    It appears that he did not run very fast if Abraham is to be believed.

  3. drewzducks - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    And on the third day, he rested.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Ortiz shouldn’t worry too much about running the bases.

    With the lineup the Sox have put together unless he’s jogging after a hitting a homer….he really will be lucky to be walking between bases after getting on.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      We’re gonna win with grit, pitching, defense, and station to station baserunning. You know, the Boston Way.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 6, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        The grittiest Red Sox is easily Jonny Gomes….but only because I don’t think he’s ever taken a shower.

        Also, he kind of looks like Johnny Crowder from Justified. And the Crowders are grit-tay!

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      And I should add, also with a bunch of three-run jimmy jacks, the Earl Weaver Way.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    So I take it they are not doing the Navy SEALs training?

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