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David Ortiz has two hits in simulated game

Apr 8, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

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While the Red Sox were playing their home opener against the Orioles this afternoon, David Ortiz was testing himself with a simulated game in Fort Myers, Florida.

According to Evan Drellich of MassLive.com, Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a double and also ran the bases. It was his first action in a competitive setting since he was shut down with a right Achilles injury last August. And so far, so good.

The plan calls for Ortiz to play three games before he goes on an official minor league rehab assignment, likely with Triple-A Pawtucket. Barring any setbacks, the veteran slugger could be ready to join Boston’s lineup later this month.

Ortiz, 37, batted .318/.415/.611 with 23 home runs, 60 RBI and a 1.026 OPS in 90 games last season. He received a two-year, $26 million contract over the winter.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Money well spent, Boston. I’m anxious to see how he does on the first ball he hits in the gap when back in the. Bigs.

    • drewzducks - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      You’re definitely an expert in money well spent.

      • DonkeyStick - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

        And the English language.

  2. mybrunoblog - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Were the hits real or are they simulated too?

    • uyf1950 - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      My thought exactly.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      Headline makes it sounds like he was playing XBox.

  3. DonRSD - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Ortiz fell off the second MLB started testing for PED’s.

    • drewzducks - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      You’re exactly right, except for the part of you being factually incorrect. After having 5 straight seasons from 03-07 with an OPS over .960 and a slugging % over .590, he had 3 mediocre seasons from 08-10. However with even more strict testing in place the last 2 seasons he had an OPS of .953 and last season, albeit in only 90 games, 1.026 the third highest of his career. He slugged .554 in ’11 and .611 last year. Your point would be spot on regarding A Rod who has seen each of his numbers in those categories drop each season, clear evidence of a drop off since the advent of the new testing policy.

      • deacon85 - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        Game, set, match to drewzducks.

  4. hitdog042 - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Yeah. Ortiz’ numbers have not dropped off the last two years. Buy an almanac.

  5. mdev1987 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Congrats!

  6. theskinsman - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Ah, the season is in full swing, with the front running, bandwagon yanks fans finally able to post an ill thought out line or two since their sad, overpaid and ancient team of roiders,has beens and mental defectives actually won a couple of games.
    Money well spent is what the Yanks pay A-roid.

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