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David Ortiz has two hits in first minor league rehab game

Apr 11, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

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According to Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston, David Ortiz began his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket tonight and went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Ortiz struck out swinging in his first at-bat, but reached on a hard-hit single up the middle in the third inning and later delivered an RBI single through the shift in the fifth. The veteran slugger faced his biggest test of the night when he ran from first to third on a double, but fortunately for the Red Sox, he didn’t have any issues with his heel.

Ortiz is expected to need a minimum of 20 at-bats in the minors before he’s activated. Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald writes that it’s possible he could be ready to play in a series against the Indians next week, but the Red Sox could wait until they return home next Friday to begin a series against the Royals.

Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava have split at-bats out of the DH spot during the early part of the season, but Ortiz’s return will push them out to left field. Jackie Bradley, Jr. has received most of the playing time there so far, but it’s likely he’ll soon be headed to the minors.

  1. hojo20 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Bradley can’t hit. He’ll be in Triple A soon.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Meh.

    The excitement of a hot start early wore off quicker than usual.

    This is, once again, a 90 loss team.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      Jesus, you’re giving up that quick?

      They’re 5-4 eleven days into the season. Give me a break.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        I gave up before the season.

        A few points of excitement early, and now I’m resigned to my original feelings.

        Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, and Slightly-Above-Average-NL-Pitcher-Moving-to-the-AL Ryan Dempster don’t make a 69 win team a contender….they make them at best a 75 win team, but only because Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz rebound from sub-par seasons under better managing.

        I’d love to be wrong, but I don’t see it…..although I do believe the problem this season is going to be with the roster and not the managing….so basically the opposite of last year.

    • kjericho43 - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      This is a decent team. Not sure why everyone hates on them. Solid all over.

  3. papalurchdxb - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Everyone realises we’re not going to win anything this season, other than maybe some respect and pride for not being a complete laughing stock after all of the drama of last year.

    It’s a decent roster, nothing more than that – next year looks promising once we dump Drew and get Jose in full time and Bradley hopefully develops over the rest of the season in Triple A before his September recall.

    This season is all about not being a joke. So far, so good!

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:14 AM

      This season would look more promising if “we” dumped Drew and went with Iglesias.

      It’s ridiculous that Iglesias was playing so well, but a middling veteran with no upside is now healthy, and so he regains the job automatically.

      Shouldn’t have been signed in the first place. I have no idea why the front office insists on signing impediments instead of players worthy of a contending team, or letting prospects show what they can do.

      • plummer2512 - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        You’re kidding right? Have you been watching the games? Iglesias had 9 hits but about 5 of them were bunt singles and infield hits. He still can’t hit, great defender but needs work with the bat. Drew is a good hitter and in this lineup, they need all the hitting they can get.

  4. hcf95688 - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I thought they drug tested minor leaguers

    • jimmyt - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      HGH is a hell of a drug!

  5. hitdog042 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Tbuttfer is what he is. And that ain’t much.

  6. hitdog042 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    So tbuttfer is a hypocrite. Bradley was hype. But they should stick with Iglesias. Whatever lol. I guess whatever fancies your opinion buddy. If you really believe the difference in 88 wins or 90 losses is drew and Iglesias I have swamp land. Cheap.

    Dude. You know nothing about baseball. Nothing. You just come here to complain. Prob cause nobody else will listen to you.

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