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David Ortiz expected to return to the Red Sox on April 19

Apr 10, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

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David Ortiz continues to make steady recent progress in his recovery from heel inflammation.

According to beat writer Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the veteran designated hitter is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday at Triple-A Pawtucket and is on track to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on April 19.

Ortiz has been playing in extended spring training games for the past few days in south Florida and should be cleared for major league action after making around 20-30 minor league at-bats.

The 37-year-old hit .318/.415/.611 with 23 homers and 60 RBI in 90 games last season. Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes have been getting most of the playing time at designated hitter in Big Papi’s absence.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Based on tonight’s game I hope he can close.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      That was pretty brutal. Ump misses strike 3 and Machado proceeds to hit a HR that only goes out in Fenway.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        Ugh.

        Could only watch online….another shittily umped game?

        Seriously?

  2. Tim Richer - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Reblogged this on The Best Sox Blog.

  3. ravensallday2012 - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Oriolessssssss

  4. buffalo65 - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    No, the umps were fine. The Red Sox just suck.

    • aznkid9447 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      Agreed.. When Salty is looking for outside and the pitch goes inside, it looks bad to the ump no matter what. There was, at minimum, 3 pitches that he had to reach to get.

    • jcmeyer10 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      How is this guy not writing for ESPN Insider yet?!

  5. 18thstreet - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    I’d argue that Jackie Bradley’s been getting the at bats in Papi’s absence. Gomes and Nava will play just as much with Ortiz back.

  6. DonRSD - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    No HGH (Manny) means he has fallen off the earth.

    He made his name with HGH – BOO

  7. buffalomafia - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    As a Yankee fan Ortiz is a damn good ball player!!!

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