David Ortiz injury: Red Sox DH aiming for April 19 return

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The Red Sox are hopefuly that DH David Ortiz will be ready to be activated from the disabled list as soon as Friday, April 19.

The Boston Red Sox are hopefuly that designated hitter David Ortiz will be ready to be activated from the disabled list as soon as Friday, April 19, according to Michael Silverman of The Boston Herald.

Ortiz is slated to begin his minor league rehab assignment with the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate today. He is hoping to register around 20 to 30 at-bats during his time in the minors before rejoining the major league club for his season debut.

A right heel injury has hampered Ortiz since the 2012 season. It caused him to miss significant time last year, but the injury has responded well to rehab and treatment of late, according to Silverman. The slugger had been limited to simulated games in extended spring training before setting off for his rehab assignment.

Ortiz signed a two-year, $26 million deal with the Red Sox over the winter. While he was limited to 90 games due to injury, the 37-year-old was effective when he was able to suit up. Over 383 plate appearances, Ortiz hit .318/.415/.611 with 26 doubles and 23 home runs.

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