Thursday, April 4, 2013

David Ortiz Could Return In About Three Weeks

AP Photo/Kathy Willens
The operative word in our David Ortiz headline is "could". Still not fully recovered from an Achilles injury that happened nine months ago, the Red Sox DH is still not scheduled to even begin extended Spring Training games—although the team is targeting next Monday. The new 'rosy scenario' is that Papi could be back in the Boston lineup by the Royals series of April 19-21. This strikes us as extremely optimistic. Manager John Farrell put it this way, “When that rehab assignment begins remains to be seen, but we’re still hopeful of a target time frame of the third week of April.” We'll see.