David Ortiz's Achilles "Pain-Free"

KANSAS CITY, MO: American League All-Star David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox flies out to left field in the second inning during the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

David Ortiz was eligible to return from the disabled list on Wednesday, but thanks to pain felt over the weekend, had the resumption of his workouts delayed, making it a guaranteed fact he wouldn't come back when DL rules allowed. By Wednesday evening, though, Ortiz felt much better, a great sign for a Red Sox lineup that, while still dangerous sans Big Papi, is that much more imposing with him.

The heavy rain in the Boston area changed conditions on the field enough that Ortiz wasn't able to run agility drills in order to see if he was still pain-free doing something more strenuous than walking, and as such he's still a few days away from returning. From Ian Browne's notes on Ortiz:

"I haven't done anything outside yet. I'll do things outside probably in the next two or three days," he said. "The doctor checked me out every day, and he found less tendinitis on my Achilles [today], so that's good."

The Red Sox have hit .256/.297/.408 in Ortiz's absence, with the collected replacement designated hitters compiling just a .281/.305/.368 line in that stretch. There's plenty of offense on this team generally, but getting a healthy Ortiz and his AL-leading slugging and OPS back will do wonders for a club fighting to hold on in the wild card race.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker