It would be cautiously optimistic to say that the Red Sox are cautiously optimistic about David Ortiz’s Opening Day status.
On one hand, no one in the organization has promised that Ortiz will be ready. On the other, no one has officially ruled him out. Instead, everyone from Ortiz to John Farrell to anyone in a position to answer the question: “Will Papi be ready on April 1?” has given a relatively positive but still somewhat wish-washy response.
Something like this:
"We looked at it as four weeks still remaining,” Farrell said earlier this week, “and we're looking at this more in three-day segments rather than trying to get too far ahead of ourselves.”
Yeah, just like that.
But as of right now, my cautious optimism surrounding the Sox cautious optimism is shaky at best.
First of all, because earlier this week, Farrell also said: “These next three days are going to tell a lot where David is at with his ability to remain loose inside of a given day.”
And Ortiz responded by, well, not responding well.
According to Maureen Mullen Ortiz had been scheduled to resume his base running drills today. However, Ortiz felt general soreness in the Achilles/ankle area in both legs this morning.
And then there’s this quote, which Ortiz gave to Rob Bradford this morning: “I have to get out of my mind the rushing (trying to be ready for Opening Day) thing, because that just gets me worse. I have to stick with the plan and try not get it worse.”
Reading between the lines . . .
1) “I have to get out of my mind the rushing (trying to be ready for Opening Day) thing.”
2) “I have to stick with the plan and try not get it worse.”
. . . it sure sounds like the plan is for him to not be ready until after Opening Day.
Or maybe I’m just being pessimistic.