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All reports out of Fort Myers say that David Ortiz is a go. What does that look like? Still about ten days away from games, Ortiz can now focus on increasing his workload while building strength in and around his heel. Last July, Ortiz strained his right Achilles tendon,and with the exception of one game in August, the injury forced him to miss the remainder of the 2012 season. Although it's early, Ortiz has not seen any action in this season's Spring Training either. However, with 6 weeks left to go until opening day, Ortiz is not worried and has assured Red Sox nation that he will be ready come April 1st.

Ortiz revealed to reporters today that he had a small tear in his Achilles that has since healed, and although he is days away from playing in any games, he continues to increase the intensity of workouts with Red Sox staff.

I would like to be in the game tomorrow, no question, but they're just being smart and not trying to rush. They want to make sure that when I'm in, there's no setback.

It is a safe bet to assume that 2013 must be the year of David Ortiz for the Red Sox to win the division. With one of the weaker lineups in years, the Red Sox's middle of the order has to show some pop in order to intimidate opposing pitching staffs. When healthy, David Ortiz can do just that, as he is averaging 34 HRs and 108 RBIs a season for the past ten seasons. Those numbers are ridiculous, and there are very few, if any, who can produce that type of power for that long. Unfortunately, as you age, parts break down. Ortiz is already 37, and many experts say that torn Achilles tendons are hard to recover from. Can David Ortiz stay healthy? Most of the local talk shows are saying no, but we can not count out the best clutch hitter in the history of the game. With a new manager and new clubhouse-friendly players, look for Ortiz to rebound and get around 450 at bats with 35 HRs and 100 RBIs. And we will need every one of those to keep up with the rest of the AL East.
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Peter Lepak 2/22/2013 06:29:00 PM Edit
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