Ortiz may make Grapefruit debut late next week
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Following a two-day leave for personal reasons, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was back in camp for a full work day on Saturday, running the bases for the second time this week.
In fact, Ortiz, who has been on a conservative program as he works his way back from a right Achilles injury, will now shift his workout program to all baseball activities.
Manager John Farrell said the club is targeting Ortiz to make his Grapefruit League debut in about a week.
"He'll run the bases again today," Farrell said. "His protocol, for lack of description, will turn all to baseball activities. The agility work he was doing previous, that's now all on-field. We don't have a hard date, but we're still looking at the end of this upcoming week that he'd be in games."
Ortiz has had a relatively smooth spring, pretty much staying right on course with the program the trainers set out for him.
"Were there times he experienced a little stiffness after an aggressive day? A little bit," said Farrell. "But nothing to the point of having to alter his program."