BOSTON -- Injured Red Sox slugger David Ortiz got an injection in his strained right Achilles early Monday evening.
"He said it was like Novocaine, and he felt great," said manager Bobby Valentine after Monday's 9-2 win over the Rangers. "He said he could have played tonight on the bench, but who knows how long that's going to last."
Ortiz won't know the full effect of the injection for a few days, but he hopes to return during a four-game series in Cleveland that begins on Thursday.
"I guess I have to give it a couple of days to see what the reaction is going to be like and then go from there," Ortiz said. "I don't think I'm doing anything for the next couple of days. I haven't been told anything, so I've got to wait."
The Red Sox are still uncertain when Ortiz will be able to return to the lineup.
"I don't have a timeline," said Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington before Monday's game. "I know he's champing at the bit. We obviously need to get him out there as quickly as we can. It hasn't healed quite as quickly as we had hoped. The diagnosis hasn't changed. It just hasn't come around quite as quickly. He's making progress every day, just not quite as quickly as we were hoping. Hopefully, he's in there sooner rather than later."
Ortiz has not played since he suffered the injury on July 16. The slugger has been eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list since Wednesday. But Valentine would not give a timetable for when he expects Ortiz to return.
"I thought it was days a couple days ago, so that was probably wrong," the manager said. "When he's ready, I'll be ready to put him in the lineup, that's for sure."
Ortiz did not take batting practice on Monday at Fenway Park nor did he work out on the field as he had been doing last week at the start of Boston's 10-game homestand.
The Red Sox are 9-11 since Ortiz went on the DL. The designated hitter leads the club with a .316 batting average, 23 home runs, a .414 on-base percentage and 65 runs.