Ortiz wouldn’t give any firm date as to when he might enter spring training games, reiterating the priority remains to be ready for Opening Day.
“I’d like to be in a game tomorrow. No question. Just being smart, not trying to rush,” he said. “I got another six weeks still. They want to make sure that when I’m in, there’s no bounce-back. No setback.”
The designated hitter said that while there has been some discomfort after various exercises, it is a “good sore,” and concern regarding any sort of tear has disappeared.
“Every injury, it doesn’t matter what it is, it doesn’t matter what kind it is, you have to go through a program, through the [disabled list], that place you got injured, treatment, things like that,” he said. “I’ll be good to go. You know, the last MRI we had, my Achilles was normal, just like the other one. I just have a little bit of calcification down there, which is going away, it seems like because of the things I’m able to do. Hopefully it’s not an issue later on.
Ortiz added, “A tear is not the case anymore because that little tear I had is gone because of all the things I did this offseason. Like I say, in the picture, my Achilles look normal, like a brand new Achilles. It’s good that we never went in there and did any cut or anything like that. It just heeled up because of all the processes we went through this offseason. I’m not afraid of that. If I’m afraid I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing. If you have any fears, any bad move you make it would snap. So that’s not my concern anymore. Things will be fine.”
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that he estimates Ortiz would need two weeks of games to prepare for the season. The DH totaled 66 plate appearances last spring training, after managing 67 the year before.
The other middle-of-the-order hitter being held out, Mike Napoli (hips), is schedule to run the bases Sunday. The exercise would be a prelude to see game action next week.
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Things got a little scattered in the 9am hour of D&C as the guys discuss the Chinese Dog Eating Festival, a breast feeding 'man', and a little Celtics talk too as the Durant Sweepstakes continue.
A busy Tuesday headlines with Tim Tebow praying with a family on a plane, and Elizabeth Warren teaming up with Hillary Clinton on the road. Plus, another Minihane Masturbation Minute
After an embarrassing outing last night, Angry Lou rips into Eduardo Rodriguez, who seems to not realize that he needs more than two pitches in the big leagues.
Angry Lou is angry at Red Sox manager John Farrell, who is misusing his roster and didn't give Xander Bogaerts a night off last night, even though they made a roster move for a back-up shortstop.
Angry Lou is still rolling, and this time he focuses his anger at Dave Dombrowski for not getting a left fielder during the off season and for general bad roster construction.
Inspired by the tease of being great that Eduardo Rodriguez showed us in the past, we look at four other Sox players that had similar teases.
We close out Dale and Holley with the best soundbites of the day.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Kirk Minihane is joined by one of his radio heroes, Artie Lange. They discuss everything from Artie's comedy career, his time with Howard Stern, his issues with drugs and prostitutes, and the comedy show to benefit slain Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.
Jerry Thornton and "Uncle Buck" Adam Cormack break down the greatest season finale of all-time, the season 6 finale of Game of Thrones. Jerry and Uncle Buck debate if this season was the greatest season in television history.
Ben, Russ & Alex recap the 4-0 loss the USMNT suffered to Argentina in the COPA America Centenario semifinal. Then they catch up with the EURO's, and recap if their predicted winners are still in the tournament.
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Kirk Minihane's Monday 'Headlines' including Bill Clinton's jogging list, Pope Francis apologizing in Italian, and Ray Bourque's DWI apologyMore from this show
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