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Ortiz may make Grapefruit debut late next week


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Following a two-day leave for personal reasons, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was back in camp for a full work day on Saturday, running the bases for the second time this week.

In fact, Ortiz, who has been on a conservative program as he works his way back from a right Achilles injury, will now shift his workout program to all baseball activities.

Manager John Farrell said the club is targeting Ortiz to make his Grapefruit League debut in about a week.

"He'll run the bases again today," Farrell said. "His protocol, for lack of description, will turn all to baseball activities. The agility work he was doing previous, that's now all on-field. We don't have a hard date, but we're still looking at the end of this upcoming week that he'd be in games."

Ortiz has had a relatively smooth spring, pretty much staying right on course with the program the trainers set out for him.

"Were there times he experienced a little stiffness after an aggressive day? A little bit," said Farrell. "But nothing to the point of having to alter his program."

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