Early Sunday, before the Red Sox hosted the Yankees, designated hitter David Ortiz had been scheduled for a baserunning drill during the day. It would be his second consecutive day of such drills, testing the injured right Achilles that cut short his 2012 season. Manager John Farrell had said the next three days would be important in mapping out a plan to get Ortiz ready by Opening Day. After the game, a 5-2 loss, Farrell announced Ortiz’s scheduled running regimen had been cancelled. “They made a decision at the time he was going to run and he felt just a little soreness and they backed off it [Sunday],” Farrell said. Farrell said Ortiz would attempt the baserunning drills on Monday. Ortiz has yet to run bases two consecutive days, a required threshold before he could get into games. “That would be the ideal goal,” Farrell said. “And again physical testing on the field is going to give us the go-ahead to proceed forward. But today was just working off of how he felt.” Ortiz was not available after the game, but Farrell said the soreness he felt was in the area that had been injured.
Sox cancel Ortiz's baserunning drill due to soreness
NBC Sports Boston | Mar 4