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Red Sox | David Ortiz ready

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz (heels, Achilles') hit a home run with Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday, April 18, and declared himself ready to return to the big leagues. "I think so," said Ortiz, who began the season on the disabled list because of soreness in both heels. "I'm old enough to know what I need to do to keep (his swing) compact, My main key was to make sure my foot was fine and keep moving." Ortiz may need periodic days for rest initially upon his return, though. Ortiz went 4-for-20 with two strikeouts and no walks on his rehab assignment.

Fantasy Tip: Ortiz reached the number of rehab at-bats for him to feel comfortable facing major league pitching again. The most important thing is that his heels felt fine. You'll have to continue to check if he's in Boston's lineup at least initially, since John Farrell will look to keep him as fresh as possible.

2013-04-18 14:45:53 | Source: Boston Herald - Scott Lauber

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