Now Commenting On:

{"content":["interleague_play" ] }

Ortiz may have cast removed this week

Ortiz may have cast removed this week

CINCINNATI -- David Ortiz is making progress as he heals the torn tendon sheath in his left wrist, and the hard cast, running from elbow to hand, could come off his left arm as soon as this week.

"The pain is actually gone, which is good news," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

The announcement confirmed what doctors initially suspected: As long as the pain subsides and there are no further complications, Ortiz will be able to return this season and avoid surgery.

"Some of it may be how tender he is and how tender he isn't may have something to do with when it comes off," said Francona. "In talking with [general manager] Theo [Epstein] before we left, maybe keep [the cast] on a few days longer just because of how much we depend on this guy."

"I don't know the day, to be honest," Francona added later. "It's not like anybody's really hiding anything or there's any hidden medical issues. Just go off the pain, because when the pain goes away, he's going to be OK. We're not going to give him the bat and tell him to take 200 swings the first day. He needs to do range of motion [exercises] and things like that and build into it."

Ortiz felt pain in the wrist while taking a swing in the ninth inning in Baltimore on May 31. He went on the disabled list on June 3, leading the team in homers (13) and RBIs (43) at the time.

"[The] doctors say he should be OK," Francona reiterated. "I think we're all on the same [page]. You look at a big guy who needs to swing the bat and generate power and go, 'Uh oh,' but [the] doctors say this shouldn't be an issue."

Mike Petraglia is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"content":["interleague_play" ] }
{"content":["interleague_play" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español