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David Ortiz after running: ‘I don’t think I can play like that’

03.07.13 at 11:14 am ET
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David Ortiz

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Prior to taking batting practice, David Ortiz executed some light running at JetBlue Park Thursday.

While the designated hitter was encouraged he was able to do another round of running exercises – testing his injured right Achilles tendon – Ortiz explained that the soreness hasn’t gone away as he had hoped.

“Like I am right now? I don’t think I can play like that,” he said. “If it gets better and it doesn’t bother me that much, yes, I’ll probably be able to deal with it.

“I have to get out of my mind the rushing (trying to be ready for Opening Day) thing, because that just gets me worse. I have to stick with the plan and try not get it worse.”

Ortiz explained that he had more pain Wednesday than he felt during his latest round of running. There was some question earlier in the morning if the DH would be participating in the drills, but after stretching the medical staff gave him clearance.

“It feels better today. Feels less sore,” he said. “Yesterday was pretty sore. It’s a roller-coaster, but they say that’s the way it’s supposed to be. I don’t know. I’m just doing what I’m told and go from there.”

Both Ortiz and Red Sox manager John Farrell explained that he soreness isn’t specific to the Achilles, but more in general lower leg areas which have been tested during the comeback.

Ortiz will now wait to see how the leg responds before scheduling his next running exercise.

“Now I just get treatment, and wait,” he said.

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