Red Sox hopeful that David Ortiz will be ready by mid-April

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Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox are hopeful that David Ortiz will return in mid-April.

His issue — which has kept him from swinging a bat for eight days now — is pain in both Achilles heels. Who knows if that will hold, but at this point he Sox have nothing they can do besides hope. Because, really, it’s hard to see anything great happening for them if Ortiz misses significant time.

Astros claim Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins

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The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.

Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.

Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.