Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz did some light running Thursday prior to taking batting practice, telling WEEI.com afterwards that the soreness in his right ankle/heel area hasn’t subsided as he had hoped.
Ortiz also told WEEI.com he didn’t think he could play Opening Day if his heel area feels the way it did Thursday.
“If it gets better and it doesn’t bother me that much, yes, I’ll probably be able to deal with it,” Ortiz said. “I have to get out of my mind the rushing [to try to be ready for Opening Day on April 1], because that just gets me worse. I have to stick with the plan.”
Earlier in the day, Red Sox manager John Farrell said the “general soreness” Ortiz is experiencing is not in the Achilles, which he strained last July, but in other tendons around the ankle.
“More because of the volume [of activity],’’ Farrell said. “Basically just getting back in shape, he’s now able to do more aggressive running.’’
Ortiz told the Providence Journal that the slow pace of his recovery "has been driving me crazy," but he remained optimistic about being ready April 1.
"I hope I get to the point where I can start playing without pain," he told the ProJo.