After hitting a home run today for Triple-A Pawtucket, David Ortiz told reporters that he's ready to rejoin the Red Sox.

"I think so," said Ortiz, who began the season on the disabled list because of soreness in both heels. "I'm old enough to know what I need to do to keep (his swing) compact, My main key was to make sure my foot was fine and keep moving."

For days, manager John Farrell has been suggesting that Ortiz may be ready to come off the disabled list before Friday night's game against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. Today, Farrell said "all things are pointing to his return tomorrow." At that point, it seems likely that rookie outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. will be sent to Triple A.

Ortiz cautioned that he may need periodic rest once he returns in order to avoid further injury.

"I might need some days off once in a while, but hopefully that doesn’t have to be the whole year,” Ortiz told reporters. "Hopefully at one point I’m like, ‘OK, I’m 100 percent so let’s get going.' "

Ortiz went 4-for-20 on his rehab assignment with Pawtucket, striking out twice and not drawing a walk.