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Ortiz eyes Tuesday return; Drew to rehab

8/22/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Designated hitter David Ortiz (bursitis in right heel) hit in the batting cage again today and will be re-evaluated to see if he can get out of the walking boot he’s been wearing for the last five days. Ortiz said he hopes to return during this series, and believes Tuesday could be the day.

“Now, it’s not so much comfort because when he hits he’s good,” manager Terry Francona said, “but as the point of tenderness goes away enough where the medical people think he can start doing some running and not go backward. He’ll be looked at every day.”

Francona also laid out a schedule for the return of right fielder J.D. Drew, who has been on the disabled list since July 26 with a left shoulder impingement. Drew will begin a four-game minor league rehab assignment Friday at Single-A Lowell and play two games for the Spinners. He will then return to Boston and hit with the Sox on Sunday before having Monday off. He’ll then play on Tuesday and Wednesday at Triple-A Pawtucket. If everything goes well, he’s scheduled to be activated on Thursday.

Reliever Bobby Jenks tossed a 24-pitch simulated game on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla., and Francona said it went well.

Jenks, who has been on the disabled list with back tightness, was able to throw all of his pitches and is scheduled to throw another simulated game on Wednesday.

"He did well. Actually he did real well," Francona said.