David Ortiz DH BOS Nov 17 '78

David Ortiz told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com on Wednesday morning that he's encouraged by his progress from his right Achilles tendon injury.

"I'm not completely recovered, but I'm going to be ready to go for Opening Day," said Ortiz. The veteran slugger has been hitting without any issues and has even participated in some "small running," but he plans to ramp things up further on Wednesday. While Ortiz plans to take things slow upon reporting to camp, he's cautiously optimistic that he'll be ready to go for the team's exhibition opener.

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