While it's assumed that David Ortiz will not play again this season because of a recurring right Achilles strain, the veteran designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox is still holding out hope that he could return.

If and when that happens, he wants to be absolutely positive that he's 100 percent healthy before he steps back onto the field. Ortiz originally suffered the injury on July 16 and missed a total of 35 games before he was activated on Aug. 24, but was limited to one game.

Ortiz was placed on the DL again on Aug. 25 and even Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine believes Ortiz's season is over.

"I would assume that," Valentine said.

Ortiz has been wearing a removable boot again and will be able to shed it on Tuesday. He'll start treatment again, and how sensitive the heel is will dictate the process moving forward.

"We'll see," Ortiz said. "We'll see how it goes and it depends on what the doctors say and how I'm feeling. Right now we're just focused on if I'm doing the right thing.