Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told
reporters, including Evan Drellich of MLB.com, that the team doesn’t have any reason
to believe designated hitter David Ortiz won’t be in its Opening Day lineup.
"He's hitting and doing his agility and starting to
run," Cherington said Monday in an interview with MLB Network Radio.
"He's David Ortiz. We'll see where he is as we report 10 days from now or
so and take it from there. We don't have any reason to think he won't be in our
lineup on Opening Day."
Ortiz was limited to 90 games last season due to a right Achilles tendon injury. While the Red Sox expect the veteran slugger to be
ready for the start of the regular season, it’s not known how he’ll be when
spring training begins.
Ortiz signed a two-year, $26 million contract with the Red Sox this offseason. The deal includes incentives which will pay out depending
on how many games he’s on the team’s active roster. They also include specific
language dealing with Ortiz’s past Achilles issues.
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