Sox' Ortiz: 'I'm not there yet'

Sox' Ortiz: 'I'm not there yet'
April 21, 2013, 6:45 pm
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BOSTON -- David Ortiz went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the first game of Sunday's double-header against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. He was even tested on the base paths, tagging from second to third after his double, on a Mike Napoli fly ball to right field.

But after the game, Ortiz didn't sound like a guy who is now hitting 5-for-8 in his first two games back.

"David 'Ichiro' Ortiz, they call me," he said with a laugh. "I'm battling right now. I'm just trying to do too much. I wasn't facing pitching for like eight months. I'm not going to lie to you, I don't feel comfortable yet.

"I've been lucky," added Ortiz. "I've been hitting it where nobody's there. But I don't feel, yet, the way I like to feel. You know what I'm saying?"

Ortiz' RBI on Sunday came with runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the first. He put a single up the middle, scoring Daniel Nava from second easily to tie the game at 1-1.

In the sixth inning, Ortiz ripped a double down the right-field line. Still, he said he doesn't feel 100 percent.

"I'm not there yet," said Ortiz.

Red Sox manager John Farrell liked what he saw though.

"He's unrestricted, as far as, home to second on a double, he tags up on a fly ball deep to right field," said Farrell. "He's swinging the bat, obviously, with very good timing, considering the few at-bats that he's had on rehab. But certainly a huge addition to our lineup."

Ortiz is not in the lineup for the second game on Sunday, but he did say he's available to pinch hit.

At this point, Ortiz said that running the bases is both a mental and physical hurdle, but that his achilles is not the issue.

"My injury is fine right now," said Ortiz. "But I can tell you I'm having some issues with the other side, just from not being able to do what I normally do on this side. But it's not bad. It's not anything crazy. I can deal with it. It will get better. That's what the doctor tells me. It will get better. It has nothing to do with my achilles, so, I'm not concerned about it."