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Sox hope David Ortiz returns next week

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  April 10, 2013 06:22 PM

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While an exact return date is still uncertain, David Ortiz's rehab assignment from a strained Achilles' tendon will be transferred to Pawtucket on Thursday with the intent to give him 20 to 30 at-bats, according to manager John Farrell, and the Red Sox are eying next week as a possible return for their slugger.

When asked if Ortiz would be ready by next Tuesday for a three-game series against the Indians, Farrell said he was "hopeful." Asked if the Kansas City Royals series, which starts next Friday, was feasible, general manager Ben Cherington said the same.

"We hope so. We hope at some point during that week or later on that week. We'll talk to him each day after he plays and see how he's feeling. He knows his swing and at this point, that's what it's about. It's about at-bats and timing and feeling good at the plate. And he knows how he feels better than anyone else does. So we'll read off him," Cherington said.

Cherington added that the team will continue to keep an eye on the injury, but at this point they feel like Ortiz has turned the corner.

"So this is really about baseball and game activity and getting at-bats. That's all," Cherington said.

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