Ortiz runs bases again without incident

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As planned, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had a shorter day of running on Tuesday than he did Monday, and he was encouraged after running home to first four times and home to second once. The significant part of the activity is that it marked the first time Ortiz has run the bases on consecutive days since Spring Training started.

Barring unusual soreness, Ortiz will run again on Wednesday and could get into a game before the week is out.

"I think we're going to work off of David's response to the work sessions," said manager John Farrell. "The fact that he's able to get back on the basepaths today and feel pretty good about himself before going into it is a pretty positive sign. We're hopeful, but again, we're not going to rush this for a matter of a date this week on the calendar."

Ortiz said the biggest problem he is having at this point is soreness in his right Achilles once he cools off. He is working with the training staff to try to fix that.

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