David Ortiz is inching closer to a return to the Boston Red Sox. He still has some rehab to complete, but he played in a simulated game yesterday and looked good. Ortiz played back at the Red Sox spring facility in Fort Myers, Florida. After the game, there was talk of moving Ortiz on to the next phase of rehab.
Evan Drellich of The Republican says Ortiz could be on his way to Pawtucket by April 11th. The Red Sox want Ortiz to play in three simulated or extended spring training games without issue before he moves on to play with the club's Triple-A team. In yesterday's simulated game, Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a double.
Ortiz has been on the disabled list as he continues to battle residual issues in his heel stemming from the achilles strain he suffered last season. After yesterday's simulated game, there were no reported issues or setbacks for the slugger. If all goes well, Ortiz could join Pawtucket when the team comes home for an eight-game home stand.
Ortiz signed a two year deal with the Red Sox in the offseason. He and Boston thought his achilles injury would be healed and he'd be ready for Opening Day. Unfortunately, Ortiz has ben unable to play outside of simulated games. He didn't get into a single spring game. He was scheduled to play in some extended spring games, but the Red Sox team is on the road, so Ortiz is settling for simulated games for now.
The 37-year old was productive last season prior to the injury. There's no reason to think he can't show the same production once he returns to the everyday lineup. In his career, Ortiz is a .285/.380/.547 hitter. He has 401 home runs in his career.
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