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Ortiz optimistic about playing this weekend

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 7, 2012 05:42 PM

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The Red Sox have yet to play a game this season when Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz were all in the lineup together.

That could change in a few days.

David Ortiz, who received an injection in his strained right Achilles' tendon on Monday, is optimistic that he will come off the disabled list this weekend and play against the Indians. He hasn't played since July 16.

Ortiz has targeted Sunday as his return date.

"Today was the first time I kind of run a little faster than what I've been doing," Ortiz said. "There's still a little sensation in there but it's improving, it's getting better. ... The way I feel today, it's healing fast."

Ortiz said there no plans to play any minor league rehab games. He has been taking batting practice for about a week now and feels comfortable at the plate.

"It's not like I have plenty of time for [rehab]," he said. "When I feel better, I'm going to go at it and play. ... In my case, I know what it takes me to go back and perform."

Achilles' injuries are dangerous ones. If there is a complete tear, a player is usually out 12-18 months. Ortiz has been advised to make sure he's ready before going back out on the field.

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