FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz underwent an MRI on both heels Saturday to rule out any complications as he recovers from an injury to his right Achilles’ tendon.
“That’s where he’s been feeling discomfort,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “It hasn’t been in his right Achilles’ specifically. It’s been overall in both heels.”
Farrell said he wasn’t sure if the discomfort in his heels has resulted from a different running style developed to compensate for the pain he has felt in his right Achilles’.
“I don’t think he’s gotten to the point where he’s subconsciously favoring anything,” Farrell said.
Results are expected Saturday night. Farrell said the MRI will be compared to the one taken four months ago and others taken in 2011 and 2012, and was done “more than anything to just answer any questions David might have with what he’s feeling.”
Asked if Ortiz’s happy face was in reality masking concern he might have, Farrell said: “You mean the happy face isn’t a real one? I don’t know how we can measure degrees of a smile. But the one thing is, he recognizes he’s frustrated. I think he expected this to move along at a more rapid pace. But we support him and we’re going to do whatever we can to get him on the field and get him the greatest number of at-bats.”
Farrell said there has been progress, even if it doesn’t seem like it.
“It’s not like April 1 (Opening Day) is a drop-dead date for an entire season,” he said. “So we’re not going to rush and make any decision where we say, ‘You know what? Opening Day is out.’ ”
Ortiz first injured the heel last July and missed all but one game for the remainder of the 2012 season.
Reacting to speculation that outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. might be on the Opening Day roster if Ortiz is on the disabled list, Farrell said: “I can’t sit here today and say that’s not an option that couldn’t be discussed. Keep in mind, we fully expect Jackie to begin the season in the minor leagues.”