FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged Sunday that DH David Ortiz has “indirectly” expressed concerns that he will not be able to start the regular season on time because of lingering issues with the right Achilles tendon he strained last July.
Ortiz insists the small tear discovered in the tendon has since healed -- he said the latest MRI looked like a “brand-new” Achilles -- but he still is dealing with some soreness. After running the bases Saturday on a back field, while the team was playing the Minnesota Twins, Ortiz told the Boston Herald that he still feels it.
“Every time you bend that tendon you feel it, and I’m a big boy, you know what I’m saying?” Ortiz said. “It puts more stress.”
He then added, “We’re trying. We’re trying. I want to be ready, but injuries are injuries. You want to be back the next day, but it doesn’t work that way.”
Farrell addressed the issue Sunday morning.
“These next three days are going to tell a lot about where David’s at,’’ Farrell said. “His ability to remain loose inside of a given day. That’s probably the one question he has yet to answer to himself, is that when he gets hot, loosens up, the time between that point in the time of day and his first at-bat and every at-bat after that. That’ll happen in due time, but right now that’s the one thing that can’t be fully answered, just remaining loose without continuing to run or doing agility work.’’
Farrell said Ortiz was scheduled to run the bases again Sunday and work out with the team, taking ground balls at first base and getting his swings in during batting practice.
“That baserunning will start to incrementally increase the intensity, and I think that’s where some of the answer might become more clear,’’ Farrell said
There are four weeks left until the start of the regular season, and Farrell said the club is focused more on how Ortiz fares in three-day segments than on how he'll be on April 1. “We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves,’’ he said.