David Ortiz ends 8-month absence

Updated: April 20, 2013, 12:51 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- David Ortiz is set to make his return for the Boston Red Sox following an eight-month layoff.

Ortiz was in the batting order to hit cleanup and be the designated hitter in Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals.

The 37-year-old was activated from the disabled list Friday. Ortiz injured his right Achilles tendon running the bases on July 17 and appeared just once in Boston's final 72 games, going 2 for 3 against the Royals on Aug. 24.

Ortiz was bothered ...

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