Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Papi 'Pretty Sure' He Can Start Spring Opener

While not exactly a 'red flag', the pronouncements made by David Ortiz today should—at the very least—give Red Sox fans pause.'s Rob Bradford reports that Boston's designated hitter is "not completely recovered" from his Achilles tendon injury suffered last summer. In a phone interview from his home in the Dominican Republic, Papi was not exactly brimming with enthusiasm about his progress in coming back from the injury, though he remains "encouraged". He made it clear he needs to be "cautious" in Spring Training. Said Ortiz, “Yeah, but it all depends what the doctors say. They say I’m going to have my days I’m not going to feel that well. I haven’t had those yet, but I haven’t started the hard stuff. But the one thing I can tell you is I’m able to do the agility drills without any pain, which I wasn’t able to do before, so that’s a good thing. When I was injured those used to cause me a lot of pain, and I don’t have any pain when I do them now.” This is not the kind of stuff we want to hear a few days out from first squad workouts.