Ortiz still experiencing 'discomfort'

Ortiz still experiencing 'discomfort'
March 17, 2013, 1:00 pm
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(USA Today Sports)

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz had been shut down for 5-7 days to deal with the inflammation and irritation in his heels, and the Red Sox had hoped he would be able to take batting practice on Monday. That is now questionable.
“He still felt some discomfort when he was running on the treadmill yesterday,” said manager John Farrell. “So we’ll see where he’s at as far as getting in the cage and trying to take some initial swings tomorrow or in the next couple of days.”
Ortiz has been rehabbing his right Achilles since initially suffering the injury on July 16 and again when he attempted a comeback on Aug. 24, limiting him to 90 games last season. Now, though, he is dealing with discomfort in both heels, which Farrell said was probably caused by the volume of Ortiz’s workload.
“I don’t’ know that we can fully put our arms around that it was being compensated for, subconsciously, possibly,” Farrell said. “I don’t know to the extent that might have been. But just the overall volume has created the inflammation and the irritation that he’s dealing with.”
Ortiz’s availability for Opening Day remains questionable.