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.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Blake Swihart after he had two triples as part of a Red Sox 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies
Roger Clemens joined the broadcast on a night where the 1986 Red Sox were honored before the game at Fenway Park
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.
The guys go to battle with a caller who claims to be a Worcester attorney that would like to defend the role judge Andrew Mandell had in letting Jorge Zambrano back on the streets shortly before he killed a police officer.
Gary Tanguay, Gerry Callahan, and Kirk Minihane discuss the intel from TurtleBoySports.com which describes awkward judicial relationships between an Uxbridge judge, his daughter Ashley Losapio, and Losapio's boyfriend Giancarlo Zambrano, twin brother of cop killer Jorge Zambrano
A report says that late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle exaggerated his accomplishments during the Iraq War. Does it affect hero status for one of Gerry's all-time favorite people?
The guys discuss the absolute thrashing the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Toronto Raptors last night.
Ted Olson, joins the guys to talk about how he and Tom Brady plan to attack the latest court ruling.
Glenn, Lou and Christian start the show by talking about the Red Sox retiring Wade Boggs' number. They also touch on the brief filed by the Patriots yesterday.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox John Farrell for our weekly discussion about all things Red Sox.
We discuss the Patriots filing of an amicus brief to federal district court in support of the ongoing battle that has ensnared their quarterback.
We look at four instances where Roger Goodell flat out lies or twists himself into a pretzel when asked a question to which there is a definitive answer to... but he never answers them.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.More from this show