Ortiz feeling better, still days away from return

Ortiz feeling better, still days away from return
August 2, 2012, 1:22 am
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BOSTON Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that David Ortiz had his first pain-free day since aggravating an Achilles tendon injury in his left foot.
Yesterdays batting practice was great, but he was still a little hesitant to run, jump or move quickly. He said today when he woke up it was the first day he had no pain walking, said Valentine. He was going to do some agility work out in the field thats been moved to the exercise room. It will be light work, but they say hes getting closer.
The version from the designated hitter was a little bit different with a bit more pain and discomfort involved which means its likely a few more days before Big Papi is ready for a return.
The Sox skipper said Ortiz would have been outside doing some higher intensity activities after feeling better, the Sox designated hitter insisted that he still feels pain when hes walking around. Until that subsides Ortiz said hes still a few days from running, heading outside to test out the injury or closing in on a return from the 15-day disabled list.
Hes feeling better and the tendonitis is subsiding, but hes not ready to unleash the beast quite yet.
I feel better today than in days before, so hopefully I continue feeling better every day so I can go back to the fight, said Ortiz, who is hitting .316 with 23 home runs and 58 RBIs before going down with injury.
Ortiz has been out over two weeks with a strained Achilles tendon after he injured it rounding second base on a home run ball, and the original hope was that hed be ready for a return by this weekends series against his former team, the Minnesota Twins. But Ortiz said hes not there yet despite taking a spirited batting practice turn at Fenway earlier this week.
Weight-bearing activities appear to be the issue for Ortiz.
Im not doing anything outside yet. Ill be doing things outside probably in the next two or three days. The doctor checked me out today and found less tendonitis on my Achilles. That means its going away. Thats good, said Ortiz. Once I am pain-free walking then Ill start doing some running things.
Im not there yet, but its improving a lot.
While its good news that Ortiz is finally feeling better while dealing with a notoriously slow-healing area, but it sounds like hes at least three or four days away according to the earliest recovery timetables.