David Ortiz says he’s pain free

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David Ortiz is on the comeback trail and says he no longer feels any pain in his achilles:

“I feel better today than days before,” Ortiz said Wednesday. “Hopefully, I will continue feeling better every day. We’ll see if I can go back into the fire … The doctor checked me out every day, and he found less tendinitis on my Achilles [today], so that’s good.”

That’s good news, but it may be premature. Because “into the fire” means actually running the bases and stuff, which he has yet to do. There’s still no timetable for his return.

Yankees promote Justus Sheffield

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The Red Sox-Yankees game scheduled for this afternoon has been moved to this evening because of weather, but there are still happenings in the Bronx: the Yankees have called up top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield.

Sheffield, 22, is the Yankees’ highest-ranked prospect, per MLB Pipeline. The lefty was acquired in the Andrew Miller deal back in 2016. In 2018 he made the jump from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a cumulative 7-6 record in 20 starts and a 2.87 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 116 innings.

The Yankees reportedly plan is to keep Sheffield in the bullpen for the time being, with his late season shift to a relief role at Scranton designed to get him used to helping out for the Yankees stretch run and, possibly, a playoff run. He’ll likely have a shot at the Yankees’ rotation next spring.