Red Sox DH David Ortiz expects to be ready Opening Day

Earlier this month it appeared Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz would be ready to go by Opening Day, as he recovered from an Achilles injury that hampered him throughout the 2012 campaign. The slugger continues on this projected timeframe, as he’s confident he’ll be ready for the regular season opener, according to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.

Ortiz went through agility drills yesterday and says he’s not concerned that he’s susceptible to a recurrent Achilles injury. The veteran was limited to 90 games last season due to the injury, but feels confident he’ll be more available this year.

The Red Sox provided Ortiz with the two-year extension he was seeking this offseason. The 37-year-old will earn $14 million this season and $11 million in 2014.

This may seem a questionable investment for a veteran DH that is coming off a significant injury, but Ortiz has continued to produce when he’s been healthy. Last season, he hit .318/.415/.611 with 26 doubles and 23 home runs over 383 plate appearances.

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