Ortiz: 'A little weird' not being in Opening Day lineup

Ortiz: 'A little weird' not being in Opening Day lineup
April 1, 2013, 12:45 pm
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NEW YORK -- For the first time since joining the Red Sox in 2003, David Ortiz is not on the roster for Opening Day, still recovering from an Achilles injury first suffered last July.
      
"It's a little weird," said Ortiz. "But it is what it is, right? Opening Day is the one time that you want to be good to go and be ready for the season, definitely. Not being able to is a weird feeling. I hope to get back soon."
      
Ortiz took batting practice Monday morning with the Sox and will remain with the team for a few days in New York, increasing his workload and eventually, running the bases.
      
After that, he will return to Florida and could get into some extended spring training games.
      
"Depending on how things go will dicate what happens next," said Ortiz.
      
When asked if he could envision taking part in extended spring training game within a week, Ortiz answered: "Yeah, probably. That's our goal right now."
      
Ortiz was unsure how soon he might be cleared to start running the bases.
      
"I have to talk to the medical staff," he said, "and see when they're going to decide to do that. I'm at a point now where the (heel) seems more stable. That's good. It seems like we're moving forward."