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Papi in Pawtucket

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  July 17, 2008 03:12 PM

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With the Red Sox off until tomorrow night in Anaheim, all eyes will be on McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, where tonight David Ortiz will begin a planned four-game rehab stint with the PawSox.

We'll have pregame reports from the PawSox-Mud Hens 7:05 p.m. start, in-game updates, and a postgame wrap-up of Papi's performance as he makes his comeback from a wrist injury.

"I don't think my wrist is going to be a problem," Ortiz said this afternoon on sports radio WEEI. "I have tried everything already and sometimes probably I might get a little bit of soreness just because I'm gonna start doing something that I haven't been doing, that is playing, but I think I'm fine. I'm ready to swing the bat like I normally do...

"Right now I'm swinging and I don't even... I'm acting like I don't even remember if I have a wrist injury."

For those of you thinking of taking a road trip to Pawtucket, tonight's game against Toledo is sold out; it's standing room only for the games Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon, Papi's final appearance at McCoy Stadium.

Ortiz hit several balls into the upper deck during batting practice at Yankee Stadium Tuesday. The Sox DH, who has been sidelined since suffering a partially torn tendon sheath in his left wrist May 31, is scheduled to play three more games for Double A Portland before his projected return to the Red Sox July 25 vs. the Yankees at Fenway Park.

Ortiz is batting .252 with 13 homers and 43 RBIs in 54 games with Boston this season. This will be the first time he has played in a minor league game since July 20, 2001, his last of nine games on rehab assignment at Minnesota’s New Britain club.

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