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David Ortiz homers at Triple-A, declares himself ready to rejoin the Red Sox

Apr 18, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

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David Ortiz homered this afternoon in a Triple-A game and declared his minor-league rehab assignment over, telling Tim Britton of the Providence Journal: “I think I go back to the big team tomorrow. … It’s time.”

Ortiz and the Red Sox have targeted Friday as his return date for a while now, but some recent heel soreness put that in question briefly. Ortiz went 4-for-18 overall on his rehab stint and indicated that he’ll need occasional days off, but feels he’s ready to hit. His last MLB game was August 24 and he’s played just one MLB game since mid-July.

Boston has primarily used Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava at designated hitter, with Mike Napoli also making a pair of starts there. Ortiz’s return likely means Jackie Bradley Jr. will head back to Triple-A and Gomes and Nava will split time in left field.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I think this is great. Get Bradley Jr reps at Triple A and get back a better back. Win win for this pleasant surprise of a team.

    • jcmeyer10 - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      *Bat. Sorry, I had surgery today and am recovering with HardBallTalk and a little Vicodin. Now I just need a fresh Gator missive for some quality long form reading.

  2. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Big Papi is back and ready to mash!

    An already potent lineup gets even stronger.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      From the mash unit, he is now ready to mash? I look forward to watching him run the bases.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        He doesn’t need to run around the bases…he trots around them.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        We both know that he will be moving very slowly between the bases.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        He doesn’t run or trot he waddles around them.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        This confirms my previous comment:

      • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        Regardless of how he gets around the bases, he’s gonna feast (insert snarky comment below) on the suspect AL East pitching.

        And hey, if hr gets around even one base, it’ll be one base more than A Roid, Granderson, Texiera, Jeter…

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        Brave words. On the other hand, he is now 37 and very rusty coming off Achilles tendon and heel problems. There are big odds against him.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        You know who else is getting old and is injury prone?

        Jose Batista. He missing another game tonight?

        You should be more concerned about him than Ortiz..back injuries are career enders.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        Ortiz is your problem. Good luck.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:14 PM

        Ortiz is a problem ever team in the AL would love to have…

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        Agreed! Every team needs a gimpy, down at the heels 37 year old player.

    • jcmeyer10 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      All that matters is that he can make sure a double is a double. His days of legging out triples may be over but until he is not making the standard play, step off.

      • jcmeyer10 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        Sorry for the ornery comment.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        You know who else is getting old and is injury prone?

        Jose Batista. He missing another game tonight?

        You should be more concerned about him than Ortiz..back injuries are career enders.

  3. aceshigh11 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Badass. Let’s keep it rolling.

  4. mudhead123 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    *Ortiz

  5. blueballz77 - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    I know this is not the forum for this however,I am born and raised in Staten Island NY Diehard Giants, Yankees,Knicks,Rangers fan. Boston your fans are tremendous and have made the US proud lately. Nyers and Bostonians are like bickering siblings I’m proud its you guys that are our main rivals come on back Papi look forward to hating you ;)

  6. riverace19 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Hey Canadian:
    Don’t show your ignorance so readily. Ortiz led baseball in per at bat production last year. He’s going to hit. He always has.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Today he is older, rusty and his underpinnings can’t be trusted. I would be surprised if he lasted until the All Star break.

  7. sabatimus - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Hey guys: they GOT THE SON OF A BITCH.

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