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Francona pleased with Ortiz's progress

Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  July 8, 2008 04:37 PM

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Red Sox manager Terry Francona said slugger David Ortiz will take batting practice the rest of the week, but he's not quite ready to return to the lineup.

"We’ll see how he feels at the end of the week and we’ll go from there," Francona said.

Near the end of this week, Francona said Ortiz will have the speed turned up on the pitching to try to get him back to full-speed.

Francona said Ortiz will need a few minor league rehab starts.

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