There have been many different dates that the Boston Red Sox put on their slugger David Ortiz to come back from the disabled list. It now looks like he should be back in the lineup three weeks from now. Ortiz, who has been with his team in New York, will be going to Fort Myers later this week for rehab training.
While in Florida, Ortiz will be taking in some batting practice as well as agility drills. David will also do some light running as well to see how well he is recovering from the small tear in his right Achilles he sustained.
If he is able to pass all those drills with no issues or setbacks, Ortiz should play in a few simulated games on Monday. After that Ortiz will then move on to a minor league team in the Boston organization to get back into his own rhythm. Ortiz is looking to get about 30 at-bats at the minor league level before going back to the Red Sox. All signs are pointing to Pawtucket as the location of David’s destination to the minors.
Red Sox manager John Farrell spoke to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald on Ortiz saying:
“When that rehab assignment begins remains to be seen, but we’re still hopeful of a target timeframe of (rejoining the Red Sox by) the third week of April. It’s most important to note that he continues to move along with the prescribed plan that’s in place.”
Ortiz was doing some light running in New York and feels that his legs are feeling fine. While Boston waits for their primary designated hitter to make his way back, the team has so filled his spot with Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava.