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Sunday, August 21, 2011
Ortiz takes BP, but not done with boot

By Austin Meek

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- David Ortiz took swings in the batting cage for the second straight day, but the Red Sox have opted to keep their designated hitter in a walking boot until Monday.

Ortiz has missed the past week with bursitis in his right heel, and has removed the boot only for batting practice. Shedding the boot for good will bring him closer to a return, but Francona said Ortiz will need time to adjust to running in spikes.

"Because he's a DH, there's a little bit of wiggle room, but we still want him to move around before he gets in the game," Francona said. "Going from a boot to sliding probably isn't the best common sense."

-- Reliever Bobby Jenks, on the disabled list since July 8 with back tightness, is scheduled to throw a simulated game Monday.

"He threw 26 pitches (Saturday)," Francona said. "Everything went real well, and he will throw a simulated (game) on Monday. By all reports he's doing terrific."

Jenks, who was hospitalized earlier this month with a stomach illness, has been rehabbing in Fort Myers, Fla.

-- Francona has been encouraged by the performance of Erik Bedard, Monday's scheduled starter at Texas.

Bedard has allowed six earned runs in three starts since coming to Boston in a trade with Seattle. At the time of the trade, Bedard had just returned from a stint on the disabled list with a sprained left knee.

"I think we were prepared to see some rust when he first pitched," Francona said. "What you see there is the ability to spin the breaking ball, throw strikes, command the running game. That's exciting."

-- Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli paid a pregame visit to Boston's clubhouse. Pioli came to Kansas City in 2009 after nine years in New England, where he served as the Patriots' vice president for player personnel.