Ortiz takes live BP for first time since injuring wrist

BOSTON -- David Ortiz strolled to his locker with a confident expression on his face. He joked -- a sure sign his first batting practice on the field since being injured went well.

Ortiz has been on the disabled list since May 31 because of a partial tear of the sheath that surrounds the tendon in his left wrist. He hit a few long drives before the Red Sox played Minnesota on Monday night.

"I feel good," he said in the Red Sox clubhouse. "Great."

When a questioner asked him about the six drives he sent into the seats, he replied, "You were counting, huh?"

Ortiz had a team-high 13 homers and 43 RBIs when he got hurt.

"When you're injured, it kills you," he said. "It feels good. When you swing the bat, you want to swing hard."

Ortiz started by hitting off a tee last week before progressing to BP and didn't seem surprised by the results.

"I feel fine," he said. "On the outside pitches a little sore, but not bad."

He hit in the cage beneath the stands at Yankee Stadium on Sunday in New York.

"That was actually planned," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He didn't need to have his first swing [filmed] in New York. That doesn't make a lot of sense."

Ortiz didn't immediately know what his next step would be, whether it would be more BP or a rehab assignment soon.

"I'm just an employee," he joked.