According to the Globe, David Ortiz is tentatively scheduled to return to the Red Sox on July 25.
Papi has looked good taking batting practice against high-speed pitching machines.
"I feel good," Ortiz said. "Actually, it was my first time hitting off the machine. I was acting like I normally do, locating, check swing, swing and a miss. Stuff like that. Everything was fine. That's all I need. Make sure there's no pain when I'm doing that."
"David did well," Francona said. "He did the machine, tried to simulate as much as he could, ball down and away ball up and in. He'll go with us to New York Monday and Tuesday and hit in the cage because he has some obligations as the guy who got the most (All-Star) votes to be there represent the American League and the Red Sox."
If all goes well, Papi will play 3 games for Pawtucket: July 17-19 against Toledo and head to Portland for 3 against Connecticut, July 21-23 (get your tickets now).