David Ortiz will likely not be activated Wednesday, the first day he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list from the right Achilles tendon strain he suffered on July 16.
“I don’t know if it was ever on goal,” manager Bobby Valentine said. “Whenever he’s ready.
“He’s not far away, but I don’t know that Wednesday is the magical day. It will be sometime soon.”
Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes reported Sunday that Ortiz canceled his scheduled exercises when the Sox were still in New York after experiencing pain around the injured area.
“Little sore the day before,” Valentine said. “That’s why he went to the pool today to do that running routine.”
Ortiz, who took batting practice Friday and Saturday but was unable to before the series finale, has been running in the pool instead.
“He’s swinging OK,” Valentine said. “He doesn’t seem like he’s lost a lot of his rhythm or strength or timing. But again, he’s only at 80 percent when he’s swinging, because he’s trying to keep away from making the situation any worse.”
As far as the impending trade deadline goes, Valentine sees no need for the Sox to make a move.
“I like my team,” Valentine said. “I think we’re a good team. If there’s any way [general manager] Ben [Cherington] thinks we can improve it for this year or beyond, I think he’s going to do that. But this is a good group of guys.
“I don’t see any gaping holes. I see more holes on the other teams than I do on ours.”
- Shortstop Mike Aviles is not in the lineup again as he recovers from turf toe, though Valentine said he would be available to pinch hit against the Tigers. “It’s not a life-threatening situation,” Valentine said, “but it’s certainly an encumbrance. We’re just trying to see what we can do to get that feeling out of there.”
- Valentine is DH’ing Jarrod Saltalamacchia tonight, feeling that Cody Ross would be a better pinch-hitting option.
- Despite logging 2.1 innings Sunday night, closer Alfredo Aceves only threw 33 pitches in picking up the win, and will be available again Monday. “I’d call it a hunch that he’s fine,” Valentine said. “I haven’t heard anything to the contrary.”
- Daisuke Matsuzaka plans to throw 75-90 pitches tonight for Triple A Pawtucket against Scranton in Rochester, N.Y., though that number might get cut down to 45, “depending on how he comes out of the chute,” Valentine said. Matsuzaka is free of pain from his right upper trapezius strain, but he must build up his pitch count and competitiveness before making a return to the Sox.
- Andrew Bailey is flying to Florida today, will play catch tomorrow, and plans to pitch for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox on Wednesday.
- After suffering a setback on his strained right forearm, Scott Atchison had an MRI today. The team is waiting on the results.