David Ortiz unlikely to return from DL when eligible

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David Ortiz was supposed to do some jogging and hitting prior to last night’s game at Yankee Stadium, but he canceled those plans due to heel soreness and now Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Red Sox designated hitter is “unlikely” to come off the disabled list when eligible Wednesday.

Ortiz is sidelined by an Achilles’ tendon injury and according to Rojas returning this weekend is now “the most optimistic forecast.”

Without Ortiz available the Red Sox have split DH duties among Pedro Ciriaco (5 starts), Cody Ross (4), Daniel Nava (2), and Mauro Gomez (1).

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.