It may be too late to do the Red Sox much good, but barring a setback, David Ortiz is expected to come off the disabled list prior to Friday’s game, CSNNE.com is reporting.
“It looked like David got through everything perfectly today,” manager Bobby Valentine. “Today was the day he was going to run the bases, which he hadn’t done yet. He had run sprints and has done other things. Today he ran the bases. We’ll see how he gets through it. If he gets through, we’re planning on hopefully activating him tomorrow.”
Ortiz has missed five weeks with a strained right Achilles’ tendon. The designated hitter was one of the game’s best hitters before going down, coming in at .316/.414/.609 with 23 homers through 320 at-bats.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.