FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz is trying to be patient with his right Achilles tendon injury, but he admits that it's not easy.
The slugger is still getting sore after he cools off from running drills, and he still can't go full bore on a daily basis.
Ortiz had hoped to do extensive running drills like he did on Monday, but the designated hitter instead was reduced to a lighter day on Thursday like the one he had on Tuesday. And this came after a scheduled day off on Wednesday.
"Still feeling soreness, especially after I have a good day," Ortiz said. "They say it's part of the process. I'm just waiting. This [stuff] has been driving me crazy. I've got no choice but to wait. I hope it goes away soon so I can get back into action."
As of yet, Ortiz has not given up on his goal to play on Opening Day. At the same time, Papi knows that he needs to have progress soon if that's going to stay realistic.
"We have three and a half weeks until Opening Day," Ortiz said. "That's my goal, to be there, but it doesn't depend on me anymore. Yes, it depends on me, but you know what I mean."
What Ortiz means is that his right Achilles will ultimately make the decision for him, based on how it responds.
"I definitely want to be out there. I would like to be out there today, you know what I'm saying?" said Ortiz. "But it is what it is. I've had to deal with injuries before, but you don't see this one too often, and when you do, it's pretty much the same with everybody."
The problem with an Achilles injury is that it's all but pointless to make a timetable for recovery.
"I just keep on talking to people that have had that injury before, and they say the same thing," Ortiz said. "It takes a while. That's about it."