After hiatus, Ortiz returns to batting cage

After hiatus, Ortiz returns to batting cage

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After more than a week of down time, David Ortiz grabbed his bat again, taking 50 swings in the cage Tuesday.

Though it is still a minor progression in his return from a right Achilles heel injury, the fact that Ortiz felt well enough to swing again was a good sign.

"We'll see how he comes out of it tomorrow when he reports in," said Red Sox manager John Farrell.

When Spring Training started, Ortiz had been taking batting practice just about every day. After an MRI revealed some inflammation in both heels on March 10, Ortiz stopped all baseball activities.

The slugger will start the season on the 15-day disabled list and there's no way to gauge when he might be activated until he resumes running again.

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.