Ortiz eyes return during upcoming homestand

Ortiz eyes return during upcoming homestand

Ortiz eyes return during upcoming homestand
NEW YORK -- At a time when the Red Sox are desperately in need of some good news on the injury front, David Ortiz might be on the verge of giving them some.

The star designated hitter is finally feeling significant improvement in his ailing right Achilles tendon and thinks he could return to the lineup at some point this week.

"You know how injuries are," Ortiz said. "You take your time, you heal and then when you're ready to go, you're ready to go. I'm finally seeing the light when it comes to my injury."

The Red Sox will open a homestand against the Angels on Tuesday night. While Ortiz expressed doubt he'd be ready for that game, he doesn't feel he will miss much more time.

"Hopefully," Ortiz said. "If things continue the way they are, probably, yeah."

Boston is 13-19 since Ortiz went down and now trails by 7 1/2 games in the American League Wild Card standings.

"It's difficult," Ortiz said. "We want to win right now pretty much in the last quarter of the season. Seeing the Wild Card every day, definitely, we've got to be able to win some games. Yesterday was really good. The day before, we struggled a little bit; today as well. Hopefully, things change at some point."