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.

How dominant has Craig Kimbrel been? The numbers are eye popping

How dominant has Craig Kimbrel been? The numbers are eye popping

Remember that infield hit by Jonathan Villar of the Brewers off Craig Kimbrel on May 11 in Milwaukee?

Don't worry, nobody does. That's the last hit off the Red Sox closer. That's right. One hit this month.

How dominant has Kimbrel been? Going into Saturday, right-handed hitters don't have a hit off him in their past 39 at-bats. Opponents are hitting .083 against him. Move the decimal point and 0.83 happens to be his season ERA, too, to go with 13 saves. 

Here's more via @SoxNotes:

Kimbrel, 28, has been one of baseball's best closers for years with the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres. His first year in Boston last season was solid with 31 saves and a 3.40 ERA, but his walks climbed (30 total and 5.1 per 9 innings, the second-highest totals of his career). He also struggled in non-save situations.

There's been no struggling lately. The last run Kimbrel gave up was a home run by Kendrys Morales of the Blue Jays in the ninth inning on April 20 in Toronto that tied the score at 1 in a game won by the Red Sox 4-1 in 10. Kimbrel got the win and his only blown save of the season.

His three-out save Friday night was his first outing without a strikeout since a one-out save April 23. That followed his four-strikeout inning Thursday night.

 

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six


After leaving Thursday night's game in the fifth inning and missing Friday night's game, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday as they look to extend their winning streak to six in a 4:05 game against the Seattle Mariners.

Pedroia felt pain his left knee Thursday night and was taken out of the game by manager John Farrell as a precaution. The rainy conditions and wet field were also factors in keeping the second baseman out Thursday and Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on the knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked various confrontations between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Left-hander Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his second start of the season for Boston and right-handed reliever Ben Taylor was optioned to the PawSox. Right-hander Rob Whalen, 23,  comes up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his first start of the season for the Mariners. 

The lineups:

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Danny Valencia 1B
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Taylor Motter LF
Guillermo Heredia RF
Mike Zunino C
Jarrod Dyson CF
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Rob Whalen RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Deven Marrero 3B
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Brian Johnson LHP