Papi gets day off, could be nearing game action

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz had a designed day of rest on Wednesday, according to manager John Farrell.

The designated hitter ran the bases on Monday and Tuesday, marking the first time he had done so on consecutive days during camp.

The plan is for Ortiz to go back-to-back again Thursday and Friday, and the club will re-evaluate his program from there.

Ortiz could be nearing game action, but the Red Sox will continue to evaluate him on a daily basis.

"Even David has mentioned he'd like to get a minimum of 50 at-bats [in Spring Training], which we can get on the Minor League side," said Farrell. "Once we get to the point of the recovery becoming a little bit more regular, then we can start to get everyday at-bats, whether it's in games on this side or when we're on the road on the Minor League side, so the important thing is that he's making anticipated progress."

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