Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, still slowed by the Achilles injury that ended his season early last year, told the Boston Herald there's no guarantee he'll be ready for the start of the season.
Ortiz said he hopes to be ready to play in spring training games this coming week.
“We're trying,” Ortiz told the Herald. “We're trying. I want to be ready, but injuries are injuries. You want to be back the next day, but it doesn't work that way.”
According to the Herald, there is an area of calcification behind the Achilles that causes irritation every time it snaps back and forth.
“Every time you bend that tendon you feel it, and I'm a big boy, you know what I'm saying?” Ortiz told the Herald. “It puts more stress.”
Ortiz completed his baserunning drill at the Sox complex on Saturday, his second time doing so this spring training. He's being brought along slowly after the Achilles injury ended his season in July and limited him to 90 games.
Manager John Farell told CSNNE.com: "The one thing that we’ll continue to monitor is how he responds coming out of increased intensity. The real key will be when he warms up prior to a game and then how he stays loose when we get into multiple at-bats.”