PAWTUCKET -- David Ortiz, who has been dealing with Achilles tendon and heel injuries since last July, returned to the field Thursday night, beginning a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket that he -- and the Red Sox -- hope will result in his being ready to return to Boston sometime next week.
"I want to test myself," Ortiz said before the game. "I want to make sure that I'm not running out there afraid or concerned about getting injured, 'cause that's when things get worse . . . I just want to make sure that my foot is doing well."
In his first game with Pawtucket, Ortiz batted third and went 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI.
“[He ran] the bases fine,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after speaking to organizational people in Pawtucket after Boston's 3-2 loss to the Orioles. “So depending on how inclement [the weather is on Friday night], it’ll be a game-time decision whether or not he’s in the lineup [Friday].”