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David Ortiz injury: Red Sox DH nearing rehab assignment

David Ortiz will spend a bit more time in Fort Myers before beginning his minor league rehab assignment.

J. Meric

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz saw his first competitive action in a while yesterday during extended spring training as he continues to recover from his foot injury. Ortiz will spend a bit more time in Fort Myers before beginning his minor league rehab assignment, according to Evan Drellich of MassLive.com.

Ortiz went 2-for-4 yesterday with a double while taking part in a simulated game in Fort Myers. There was initially thought that the slugger would play in an extended spring training contest, but that plan was nixed in favor of the simulated game, according to manager John Farrell. Drellich notes that there is a "negligible difference" between the two.

Farrell told reporters that the Red Sox are hopeful for Ortiz to go through "three days of action in Fort Myers before he would go out from there, provided there are no setbacks." The skipper has previously said Ortiz is likely to spend his rehab assignment with the Red Sox Triple-A squad. Drellich points out that Pawtucket is home for eight consecutive games from April 11-18, which should line up well with Boston's plans.

Ortiz was sidelined through the spring due to his lingering Achilles injury. Last season, the 37-year-old hit .318/.415/.611 with 26 doubles and 23 home runs over 383 plate appearances.

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