By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET â Before anyone gets too alarmed, let David Ortiz explain what âgood soreâ means.
âGeneral soreness âŠ we did a lot today,â the Red Sox designated hitter clarified as to why he came out following three at-bats in Pawtucketâs 5-4 win over Rochester Thursday night at McCoy Stadium. âI was getting cold out there and I was getting a little sore.â
The fact that Ortiz is dealing with minimal pain after what was a busy and productive first rehab game with the PawSox should be interpreted as a good sign. He was able to put his injured heels through a serious workout on the base paths â twice he went in motion on 3-2 pitches in the third inning before displaying no hesitation after going from first to third on a double into the left-center gap by Mark Hamilton in the fifth inning.
âBeing able to run around the bases and move around was good,â said Ortiz, who finished 2-for-3 with a RBI and one run. âWith no hesitation, I was able to run the bases.â
The workout Ortiz went through on the base paths took a base seat to the fact that he struck out on a changeup in the first inning and stroked two singles that were deposited up the middle.
âI want to make sure that I accomplish that,â said Ortiz when asked about his stint with the PawSox serving as a condensed version of spring training.
Despite the good sore, Ortiz confirmed that heâs all systems go to continue his rehab on Friday.