Red Sox DH David Ortiz to be ready for Opening Day

Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters, including Evan Drellich of MLB.com, that the team doesn’t have any reason to believe designated hitter David Ortiz won’t be in its Opening Day lineup.


"He's hitting and doing his agility and starting to run," Cherington said Monday in an interview with MLB Network Radio. "He's David Ortiz. We'll see where he is as we report 10 days from now or so and take it from there. We don't have any reason to think he won't be in our lineup on Opening Day."

Ortiz was limited to 90 games last season due to a right Achilles tendon injury. While the Red Sox expect the veteran slugger to be ready for the start of the regular season, it’s not known how he’ll be when spring training begins.

Ortiz signed a two-year, $26 million contract with the Red Sox this offseason. The deal includes incentives which will pay out depending on how many games he’s on the team’s active roster. They also include specific language dealing with Ortiz’s past Achilles issues.

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