BOSTON - MAY 19: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox watches his hit in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins on May 19, 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Ortiz's hit was ruled a home run after review of the play. Victor Martinez of the Red Sox also scored on the play. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
David Ortiz ran the bases prior to Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. Afterwards, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he's hopeful Ortiz will be activated on Friday.
The veteran slugger has been sidelined since July 17 with a strained right Achilles tendon, and has been slow on his road to recovery. Ortiz received an injection in his heel early this month to help speed up the recovery process, but the pain and soreness in his foot continued to linger.
Coming off a crushing sweep at home by Angels, the Red Sox hope the slugger can reverse the team's fortunes some. The 36-year-old Ortiz, a free agent at the end of the season, is having a resurgent year at the plate, batting .316/.414/.609 with twenty-three home runs in eighty-nine games.