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Red Sox expect to welcome Papi back on Friday

Red Sox expect to welcome Papi back on Friday

Red Sox expect to welcome Papi back on Friday
BOSTON -- If there's a run left in the Red Sox, they're getting back the player who can find it.

Designated hitter David Ortiz is set to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday barring any last-minute discomfort. He ran the bases without pain Thursday, more than a month after he went on the DL with a strained right Achilles.

"It looked like David got through everything perfectly today," manager Bobby Valentine said Thursday. "He was running the bases. Today was the day he was going to run the bases, which he hadn't done yet. He had run sprints. Today he ran the bases. We're going to see how he gets through it. If he gets through, we're planning on hopefully activating him tomorrow. That's the update of updates."

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Ortiz hasn't played since July 16, when he was hurt rounding second base as he tried to slow down on a home run. He's hitting .316 with 23 home runs -- still the most on the team -- and 58 RBIs in 89 games.

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