Reports today indicated that David Ortiz‘s ailing heels are feeling better. “More stable” is how Papi characterized it. He also revealed just how frustrating and “weird” he felt not being in the Opening Day lineup against the Yankees on Monday.
Ortiz, who is currently on the 15 day disabled list, ran on Monday without pain and hopes to play in minor league or extended spring training games as early as next week. There is no timetable for his return as Boston is opting to take it slow and ensure that when he comes back they give him every opportunity to make it for good. In a story published by the AP on Tuesday, Ortiz said, ”Feeling good, very good. I’m at the point right now that it’s more stable than what it used to be. That’s good, seems like we’re moving forward.”
In other Red Sox injury news, the Boston Globe reported today that shortstop Stephen Drew was cleared to resume play and made three plate appearances in an extended spring game on Tuesday in Florida. Drew’s replacement, Jose Iglesias, went 3-for-5 with an RBI on Monday in Boston’s opener against the Yankees.
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