CLEVELAND — David Ortiz was 1 for 3 with a home run for Triple A Pawtucket today and will rejoin the Red Sox Friday, manager John Farrell said.
"All things are pointing to his return tomorrow when we get off this trip," Farrell said.
Ortiz was 4 of 18 in five games for Pawtucket with the one extra-base hit. He struck out six times without a walk.
"To have his presence in the middle of the order certainly speaks for itself for the number of years and success he's had," Farrell said. "He gives us the potential to lengthen our lineup even more. We're certainly looking forward to seeing him in the clubhouse tomorrow."
The Red Sox have used Jonny Gomes (seven games), Daniel Nava (five games), and Mike Napoli (two games) at designated hitter through 14 games. They have hit .289 with a .458 on-base percentage and a .511 slugging percentage.
"We have weathered some of that uncertainty," Farrell said.
Ortiz could need days off to deal with lingering pain in his right Achilles' tendon. Farrell said there is no plan in place.
"We'll use him as our guide," said the manager. "We'll have to balance getting him back into full shape as well as monitoring how much stress that heel can take."