The Red Sox star DH David Ortiz will play in an extended spring training game in Fort Myers tomorrow, Monday, April 8, and could be ready for a rehab game at
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The Red Sox have started the year without the man affectionately known as ‘Big Papi’ for the first time since he was picked up off of waivers in 2003. Ortiz has been sidelined by an ankle injury that he suffered in July of 2012. That injury cost him the final months of last season and lingering concerns about the ankle’s stability prevented him from playing in spring training games this year.
In ten seasons with
Without Ortiz in his usual place as the team’s designated hitter the Red Sox have used Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava at DH. The switch-hitting Nava has gotten both starts against right-handed starters, with Gomes getting the call against lefties. This platoon has worked well in the early going, with the two combining to give
When Ortiz does return, the Gomes/Nava platoon could simply be shifted to left field, the regularly position for both players. This would allow the Red Sox to send Jackie Bradley Jr. back to the minor leagues to gain more experience and to control his Major League service time. Bradley has fared well at getting on bases so far this season, with a .364 OBP, but that has come almost entirely from walks. With just a .176 batting average, his hitting may still need to develop at the
The Red Sox begin a seven-game home stand tomorrow. If everything goes well for Ortiz this week, he may be back in