David Ortiz strained his right Achilles' tendon July 16 in a base running mishap. Nearly five months later, he has not fully healed. "At this point, not yet," Ortiz said on Friday when asked if he was working out like he normally would. "Very soon." Spring training starts Feb. 12 for pitchers and catchers, and a few days later for position players. Will Ortiz be ready? "I hope so. Hopefully," he said. Ortiz usually starts hitting in January and expects that will be the case. He is almost certain not to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, which starts March 2. Former manager Bobby Valentine seemed to criticize Ortiz in October when he said during a television interview that the designated hitter "decided not to play" with his injury.
Slow recovery for David Ortiz
Boston Globe | Dec 8