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Papi takes day off to rest, Sunday return unlikely

Papi takes day off to rest, Sunday return unlikely

Papi takes day off to rest, Sunday return unlikely
CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz took the day off to rest on Friday, but manager Bobby Valentine said the injured designated hitter will do more on Saturday.

Ortiz did agility drills and took batting practice indoors on Thursday, and Valentine said the Red Sox slugger completed the activities without problem. Ortiz had been targeting Sunday's day game for a possible return from his right Achilles injury, but Valentine said that is now unlikely.

"I don't think so," Valentine said after Friday night's 3-2 win over the Indians.

Ortiz is currently on the 15-day disabled list, and he hasn't played since July 16 against the White Sox. He is hitting .316 with 23 home runs and 58 RBIs in 89 games this season.

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