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David Ortiz could be ready for minor league games soon

Mar 30, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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David Ortiz will begin the season on the disabled list as he works his way back from pain in both of his heels, but he’s inching closer to returning to game action.

According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Red Sox manager John Farrell said today that Ortiz will travel with the team to New York to continue his rehab before returning to Fort Myers for the week of April 8. The hope is that he’ll make enough progress by then to be ready to take live batting practice or play in minor league games.

Ortiz’s running program remains a work in progress, as he’s currently limited to straight-ahead running and agility drills. He’ll need to start making cuts and running the bases before being cleared for an official minor league rehab assignment.

Until Ortiz is ready to return, the Red Sox are expected to go with Jonny Gomes as their primary designated hitter and rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. as their starting left fielder.

  1. scrock25 - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Hahaha… David Ortiz.

  2. uyf1950 - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    “David Ortiz could be ready for minor league games soon” – Will he be watching the games or playing in them?

  3. theskinsman - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Hopefully Ortiz will be back at full strength soon so he can continue to rake against the yanks. BTW,any news on Cano being on the a-roid list of those supposedly going to be suspended?

    • uyf1950 - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      I think the PEDroia list is more up to date. But it first had to be sent to Ex Senator Mitchell so he can redact all the Red Sox names from the list. See how easy that was. Now don’t you think you are being just a little childish with the a-roid garbage.

  4. jrfstl - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Hey D.J., just because I’m feeling nit-picky: “Achilles heel” is a figure of speech, not an anatomical site. Ortiz strained his right Achilles tendon back in July, and now has unrelated soreness in the bony parts of both heels. Unless these two situations are unique points of potentially lethal vulnerability for him, he’s not having “pain in both of his Achilles heels.”

    • D.J. Short - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Noted.

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