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For Ortiz, some important days ahead

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 3, 2013 10:57 AM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. ó David Ortiz will run the bases again today as he inches closer to getting into a game. Red Sox manager John Farrell said the next few days will shed some light on how well Ortiz has healed up from the small tear in his right Achilles' tendon.

"These next three days, I think, are going to tell a lot where Davidís at in his ability to remain loose inside of a given day," Farrell said. "I think thatís the one question he has yet to answer to himself, is that when he gets hot [and] loosens up, the time between that point in the day and his first at-bat and every at-bat after that.

"That will happen in time. But right now thatís the one thing that canít be fully answered, just remaining loose without continuing to run or do agility work."

As Ortiz works more on the field in the coming days, the Red Sox want to see how he handles the greater intensity.

"That's where some of that answer will become more clear in his mind," Farrell said.

Once Ortiz starts playing in games, there will be discussion about what he has to do to stay loose between at-bats.

Farrell said he believes Ortiz will be ready for Opening Day. But the slugger has "indirectly" voiced a little concern about that.

Also:

ē Jonny Gomes (left knee laceration) is scheduled to play on Tuesday.

ē Jarrod Saltalamacchia, out since Wednesday with a sore lower back, is the DH today.

ē Farrell said the Sox could make some cuts in the middle of the week.

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