When it comes to running the bases, David Ortiz never will be confused with Rickey Henderson.

But the fact Ortiz was able to run the bases freely was the best news the Red Sox could expect after his first rehab game with the Pawtucket Red Sox Thursday night.

It may have overshadowed his performance at the plate, even though he was 2 for 3 with one run and one RBI in Pawtucket’s 5-4 victory over the Rochester Red Wings.

Ortiz, of course, suffered an Achilles’ tendon injury last July 16, and played only one more game the remainder of the season.

“I feel fine,” he said. “That’s the important thing to be able to run around the bases and be able to move around and be able to do that with freedom, without hesitation.”

What Ortiz referred to was underscored in the fifth inning when he went from first to third on an RBI double by Mark Hamilton, which proved to be a key hit in the win.

“The couple of days I played in Florida went well,” Ortiz said. “Basically, there wasn’t any hesitation when I was running the bases.

“I felt all right. I got to see some action on the bases and it was some run.”