NEW YORK -- David Ortiz took batting practice for the second straight game and reported that "everything's going pretty normal," as he tries to come back from a strained Achilles heel that has sidelined him for more than a month.
Ortiz hasn't tested the heel by running by much, though, and when asked if thought there was a chance he could be back in the lineup Tuesday night when the Sox open a homestand, he said: "I don't think so. But I'm finally feeling better. Hopefully before (the team leaves for its Aug. 26 road trip). We'll see how it goes once I start running. Hopefully (on the homestand). If things continue the way they are, yeah."
"You know how injuries are. You take your time, you heal and when you're ready to go, you're ready to go. I'm finally seeing the light when it comes down to my injury. My injury has been a process of a six-week period. When I first got injured, I heard that (timetable) and that's not what you want to hear at the time. You're thinking about 15 days at the most. But now that I'm seeing the result of feeling better, it's a six-week kind of thing."
With Ortiz sidelined on this trip, the Sox scored three runs or fewer in seven of the 10 games. As Ortiz watched from the dugout, he knew he could have made a difference.
"It's difficult," he said. "Right now, we're in the last quarter of the season and we definitely want to be able to win some games. Hopefully, things are going to get better."
Never say never?
While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.
CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season.
For the full interview with Martinez, click here.
Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.
The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.
But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.
“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.
“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”
He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.
He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.
But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.
“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”