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David Ortiz, Stephen Drew both closer to returning

04.07.13 at 1:28 pm ET
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TORONTO ‘€“ David Ortiz and Stephen Drew both figure to be taking significant steps forward in their respective rehab assignments.

After a positive day Saturday, in which Ortiz (Achilles) ran the bases while executing hitting drills, the designated hitter was slated to start participating in extended spring training games Monday.

If all goes as planned, Ortiz will join the PawSox in Pawtucket later in the week after playing in three games in Fort Myers.

‘€œVery good day yesterday,’€ Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ‘€œRan the bases, took swings in the cage, tracked [Franklin] Morales‘€™ sim game, had an additional six rounds of BP on the field so a full work day yesterday and that puts him in line for live at-bats tomorrow in an extended spring training game on Monday.’€

Farrell added, ‘€œAs we’€™ve approached David’€™s situation, we’€™ll take the next step as he’€™s ready for it, with the last one being when he returns to us. He’€™s not going to be in our lineup until he’€™s ready. He’€™s had a lot of input in this along the way. That’€™s been our guide.’€

With the Portland Sea Dogs’€™ postponement Saturday, Drew will play in two more games with the Sea Dogs before joining the Red Sox for their Wednesday game against the Orioles at Fenway Park.

‘€œHe felt an additional eight to 10 at-bats would be helpful,’€ Farrell said. ‘€œHe’€™s starting to feel much more comfortable but he felt like two additional games, to go nine innings each day, would put him in a better position to return to us.’€

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