Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington visited David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic last week, and he expects the designated hitter to be good to go for Opening Day. Cherington, however, indicated he wasn't sure how strong Ortiz, who recently started to run, would be at the start of an earlier-than-normal Spring Training. Ortiz was very productive in 2012, but he was limited to just 90 games because of a right Achilles tendon injury. "He's hitting and doing his agility and starting to run," Cherington said Monday in an interview with MLB Network Radio. "He's David Ortiz. We'll see where he is as we report 10 days from now or so and take it from there. We don't have any reason to think he won't be in our lineup on Opening Day." Ortiz reportedly has contract language related to the Achilles. Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was limited to just 74 games last season because of a partially dislocated right shoulder, but Cherington said Ellsbury should be ready to go right out of the gate. "In Jacoby's case, there's no issues whatsoever," Cherington said. "He's fine [and] had a normal offseason."
Cherington expects Papi to be ready for Opening Day
MLB.com | Feb 4