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BOSTON -- Rehabbing DH David Ortiz was in a good mood on Wednesday because for the first time since he suffered a right Achilles strain on July 17 he says he's feeling no pain.
“This is the first time I’ve felt good. No limping and if I hit the ball the way I am [in the cage] I won’t have to worry about running,” he said with a smile.
Ortiz, who was eligible to be activated Wednesday, is getting closer to returning to the lineup.
“[Tuesday] his batting practice was great, but he was still a little hesitant to run or jump or move quickly. He said today when he woke up was the first day he had no pain walking,” manager Bobby Valentine said.
Ortiz hit in the cage again on Wednesday and is scheduled to participate in some agility work as well.
“He’s getting closer,” Valentine said.
Nava to DL, Lavarnway up: At approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday, catching prospect Ryan Lavarnway walked into the Red Sox clubhouse at Fenway Park with his equipment in hand. He was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket after outfielder Daniel Nava was placed on the 15-day DL with a left wrist sprain.
“What would a day in Beantown be without a roster move,” Valentine said.
The manager said Lavarnway is here because he gives the club a right-handed bat off the bench. Also, with Lavarnway here, Valentine has the option to DH Jarrod Saltalamacchia more.
Lavarnway has spent the entire season with the PawSox, batting .295 with eight homers and 43 RBIs.
“I loved him in spring training, and since then he’s continued to make improvement,” Valentine said. “Offensively, [PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler] says he’s definitely ready and will continue to improve and we hope he continues to improve. Defensively, he’s the same but ready, and we want him to continue to improve.”
Bailey begins rehab: Reliever Andrew Bailey began his minor league rehab assignment Wednesday afternoon for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox. The right-hander worked one scoreless inning, allowing one hit with two strikeouts on 22 pitches. According to Valentine, Bailey will need a maximum of nine innings in the minors before he’s ready, but if he continues to progress it’s possible he could be ready after five or six, Valentine said. Bailey is scheduled to make his next appearance in a few days, again in the GCL.
Aviles still out Shortstop Mike Aviles is still dealing with his bout of turf toe, meaning Pedro Ciriaco again gets the start. ... Catcher Kelly Shoppach fouled a ball off his shin twice during Tuesday’s game and is likely not available for action Wednesday night, but he won’t need a trip to the DL. “It hurt,” Valentine said. “He said it would have turned a couple of this triples into singles. I was worried he wasn’t going to be able to finish the game.” ... The Red Sox activated newly acquired left-handed reliever Craig Breslow, who arrived at Fenway shortly before game time. Right-handed reliever Clayton Mortensen, who got the win Tuesday against the Tigers, was optioned to Pawtucket.
16hScott Barboza, Special to ESPN.com