Ortiz feeling better, expects to play Sunday vs. Indians


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."

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

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. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'


Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

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.

Chris Sale.

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.”