Ortiz feeling better, expects to play Sunday vs. Indians

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Ortiz feeling better, expects to play Sunday vs. Indians

BOSTON -- As David Ortiz sat in the Fenway Park dugout following his batting practice session, he started to get more and more excited.

That excitement stemmed from his pain-free achilles. Because usually, after that amount of time following the twisting and turning that comes with swinging a bat, he starts to feel some pain.

But on Tuesday, there was nothing, following an injection into the achilles on Monday.

"It feels better since I got that injection yesterday," said Ortiz before Tuesday night's game against the Texas Rangers. "I actually felt pretty good last night. I feel like I could have played last night. It got me a little excited.

"Today was the first time I kind of could run a little faster than what I've been doing. I still have a little sensation there, but it's improving, it's getting better, and hopefully tomorrow -- after all the work that we did today -- it doesn't feel worse than what it is today. That means I'm improving. It's a good sign."

Ortiz doesn't expect to return to the Red Sox lineup until Sunday in Cleveland. But it's all depending on how he feels each day, following everyday baseball activities.

"It's an injury that takes some time," said Ortiz. "Of course I want to play. And I was expecting to be ready to go in two weeks. But, most of the people that I've talked to, some people gave me the heads up right after I got injured and said, 'Hey, that takes some time to heal up.' But the way I feel today, it's healing fast, compared with what people normally told you about it."

"He says he feels as good now, as he did before he got hurt," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "He's taking a real slow day today, and will have full activity tomorrow."

As for a possible minor-league rehab game before now and Sunday, Valentine smiled when asked and said, "That'll be up to David."

And if it's up to Ortiz, then there won't be any time for rehab games.

"I don't feel like going to rehab," said Ortiz. "It's not like I have plenty of time for it. So I'm just going to try and go out as soon as I feel better.

"I'm trying to come in. In my case, I kind of know what it takes me to come back and go back in form."

Dombrowski on trading top prospects: 'You go for it'

Dombrowski on trading top prospects: 'You go for it'

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox are coming off a 94-win season and a division title.
     
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Their starting rotation is solid, if not without some question marks. The team's core of young position players is the envy of the industry.
     
So, why, then, did Dave Dombrowski make the kind of gamble he did when he shipped arguably the best prospect in baseball and the organization's top pitching prospect to land White Sox lefthander Chris Sale?
     
"I think it's a situation where when you have a chance to win,'' explained Dombrowski, "you want to give yourself every opportunity to do so, if you can improve your club. And for us, this deal improved us.

"I'm not sure, for instance, if we didn't get (Drew) Pomeranz that we would have won our division. But any time you get there, short of just a total giveaway of your system or making moves that don't make us smart, I think you go for it.''
     
Dombrowski noted that most of his acquisitions -- Sale, Pomeranz, David Price, Craig Kimbrel -- are under the team's control for another three years.

"In baseball,'' he said, "four years down the road is an eternity in many ways. So you need to take advantage of that opportunity. Nothing's guaranteed in life; if you make these moves, it doesn't guarantee that you're going to win.
     
"But I think you just keep taking a chance. You keep going for it as much as you possibly can and hopefully, it works for you someday.''
     
The moves he's made to date, said Dombrowski, have all made the Red Sox "a little better.''
     
He further noted that with a young core of everyday players and prospects such as Rafael Devers and Sam Travis, "I think we're still strong for many, many years.''