Ortiz frustrated, but 'going to be fine'

BOSTON -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is frustrated with his recent trip to the disabled list due to a right Achilles strain, but he’s optimistic he’ll be healthy and productive and won’t need more than the required 15 days.

“I’ve been feeling better every day. I’m less sore,” he said. “I’m going to be fine.”

Once he’s able to return, it’ll be the Red Sox lineup that will be fine. With Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia in the lineup together for the first time this season, once Ortiz gets back it should get interesting.

“Of course I want to be on the field,” Ortiz said. “There are things you can’t really control. I’m a little frustrated, I’m not going to lie to you, especially having some guys come back.”

He’s required to wear a walking cast for the next 10 days, but Ortiz admitted that the doctors gave him clearance to take some swings in the cage, beginning Friday.

He suffered the injury during Monday’s 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox and had a MRI taken on Tuesday. With the help of his agent, Ortiz wanted a second opinion, so he flew to Miami on Wednesday to meet with the Miami Heat team doctor because, as Ortiz explained, his injury is common among NBA players.

"The doctor there totally agreed with the doctors here, so everybody’s on the same page,” Ortiz said.

Even though he wants to be in the lineup, the rest could also benefit him.

“I’ll wait to get better and come back to action,” Ortiz said. “I just want to make sure I get the best of the best out of it and make sure I’m back on the field as fast as I can.”