UPDATE: Ortiz did not run today because he was experiencing soreness. More to come . . .
FORT MYERS, Fla. – David Ortiz will again do some base running drills today, as he attempts to make his way back into the lineup. He has been delayed this spring as he continues to rehab the injured right Achilles that prematurely ended his 2012 season.
Ortiz recently expressed concern that he might not be ready for Opening Day, a concern he has shared “indirectly” with the team, manager John Farrell said. The next three days could be important in mapping that out.
“I think these next three days are going to tell a lot about where David’s at and his ability to remain loose inside of a given day,” Farrell said. “I think that’s probably the one question that he has yet to answer to himself, that when he gets hot, loosens up, it’s the time between that time in the day and his first at-bat and every at-bat after that. That’ll happen in time. But right now that’s the one thing that can’t be fully answered right now, just remaining loose without continuing to run or do any agility work.
“He’ll run the bases again today. He’ll take all on-field work as he’s been doing, so that baserunning will start to incrementally increase in intensity. And I think that’s where some of that answer will become a little bit more clear in his mind.”
How Ortiz will stay loose during games has yet to be determined.
“I think until we get to the point of getting in games, that discussion will certainly take place, but we’ve probably been focused more on going from the agility work to the baserunning just seeing how he comes out of that,” Farrell said. “Every injury situation is going to be different and how guys respond to it. So I’m sure that bridge will be crossed for sure.”
With just over four weeks to go, the Sox have not yet made a determination on Ortiz’s availability for Opening Day.
“No, we haven’t gotten to that point yet,” Farrell said. “We look at it as four weeks still remaining. We’re looking at this in more of three-day segments, rather than trying to get too far ahead of ourselves.”
Farrell said the Sox are not looking at other DH options.
“Not yet,” Farrell said. “He’s still our DH as of today.”
Ortiz was recently out of camp for several days, returning to the Dominican Republic to deal with a personal issue. Farrell said Ortiz’s time away did not affect his progression or rehab schedule.