David Ortiz has yet to suit up for the Red Sox in a game this spring, but Big Papi’s debut may not be far away. The designated hitter has reportedly seen steady forward progress in his rehab from an Achilles injury and is expected to return to the lineup by the end of next week.
“It feels good today,” Ortiz told NESN’s Jamie Erdahl on Saturday. “We have a little bit of ups and downs, but they’re trying to manage my situation really well. It’s going good. … I can’t wait to get back on the bases. But you know, injuries, you’ve got to be smart about it. You don’t want to have any setback or anything that’ll take your time away.”
For more on Ortiz’s recovery as well as reactions from Clay Buchholz‘s spring debut, check out the video above.