Ortiz feeling better, still days away from return

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Ortiz feeling better, still days away from return

BOSTON Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that David Ortiz had his first pain-free day since aggravating an Achilles tendon injury in his left foot.
Yesterdays batting practice was great, but he was still a little hesitant to run, jump or move quickly. He said today when he woke up it was the first day he had no pain walking, said Valentine. He was going to do some agility work out in the field thats been moved to the exercise room. It will be light work, but they say hes getting closer.
The version from the designated hitter was a little bit different with a bit more pain and discomfort involved which means its likely a few more days before Big Papi is ready for a return.
The Sox skipper said Ortiz would have been outside doing some higher intensity activities after feeling better, the Sox designated hitter insisted that he still feels pain when hes walking around. Until that subsides Ortiz said hes still a few days from running, heading outside to test out the injury or closing in on a return from the 15-day disabled list.
Hes feeling better and the tendonitis is subsiding, but hes not ready to unleash the beast quite yet.
I feel better today than in days before, so hopefully I continue feeling better every day so I can go back to the fight, said Ortiz, who is hitting .316 with 23 home runs and 58 RBIs before going down with injury.
Ortiz has been out over two weeks with a strained Achilles tendon after he injured it rounding second base on a home run ball, and the original hope was that hed be ready for a return by this weekends series against his former team, the Minnesota Twins. But Ortiz said hes not there yet despite taking a spirited batting practice turn at Fenway earlier this week.
Weight-bearing activities appear to be the issue for Ortiz.
Im not doing anything outside yet. Ill be doing things outside probably in the next two or three days. The doctor checked me out today and found less tendonitis on my Achilles. That means its going away. Thats good, said Ortiz. Once I am pain-free walking then Ill start doing some running things.
Im not there yet, but its improving a lot.
While its good news that Ortiz is finally feeling better while dealing with a notoriously slow-healing area, but it sounds like hes at least three or four days away according to the earliest recovery timetables.

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

The Cardinals broke open a close game with four runs in the last two innings against Red Sox relief prospect Chandler Shepherd and went on to a 7-2 exhibition victory over Boston yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Cardinals box score

The loss dropped the Sox to 1-3 for the exhibition season.

Boston had jumped on top, 1-0, on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the first, but St. Louis countered with two runs in the second and one in the third, all against starter Brian Johnson. It remained 3-1 until the Cards touched Shepherd for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Red Sox added their final run in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jordan Procyshen, who spent last season at Single-A Salem, hit a sacrifice fly.

Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each had two hits for the Red Sox. who also got scoreless relief from Teddy Stankiewicz, Noe Ramirez, Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. It was Bogaerts' last game before leaving to compete for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Sox host the Yankees on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."