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David Ortiz: Achilles ‘is more stable than what it used to be’

04.01.13 at 12:38 pm ET

NEW YORK ‘€“ David Ortiz tested his injured heels/Achilles once again prior to the Red Sox‘€™ Opening Day meeting with the Yankees Monday, and remains hopeful that he could see game action upon returning to Fort Myers Thursday.

‘€œFeeling good, very good,’€ he said. ‘€œI’€™m at the point right now that it’€™s more stable than what it used to be. That’€™s good. Seems like we’€™re moving forward.’€

Ortiz, who is on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to March 22), has yet to run the bases since being shut down due to heel inflammation in spring training. He has, however, started to increase the level of agility drills/sprinting.

‘€œHopefully running in general is pretty much the same thing [as running the bases],’€ he said. ‘€œI would say when I’€™m running straight or making turns, it’€™s pretty much like running the bases. Hopefully running is pretty much the same.’€

Monday also marked the first time in Ortiz’€™ major league career that he was not active for Opening Day.

‘€œLittle weird, but it is what it is,’€ he said. ‘€œOpening Day’€™s the one time that you want to be good to go, and be ready for the season, definitely. It’€™s just a weird feeling.’€

Serving at the Red Sox’€™ designated hitter against Yankee starter CC Sabathia is Jonny Gomes.

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