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).