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David Ortiz able to sit up, take some steps

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The latest on David Ortiz . . .

Ortiz was able to sit up and take some steps on last night and this morning and is said to be “making good progress toward recovery.”

Ortiz’s wife Tiffany said that in the following statement:

Meanwhile, authorities in the Dominican Republic said they have made a second arrest in the shooting. They have not released the name of the suspect, but it’s reported that the man is thought to be the alleged shooter. The man arrested on Sunday night was the man driving the motorcycle off which the shooter jumped just prior to the incident.

Red Sox designate Eduardo Núñez for assignment

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The Red Sox announced a handful of roster moves on Monday afternoon: infielder Eduardo Núñez has been designated for assignment, pitcher Hector Velázquez has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, and pitcher Ryan Weber and 1B/OF Sam Travis have both been recalled from Pawtucket.

Núñez, 32, has had an awful year, batting .228/.243/.305 with two homers and 20 RBI in 174 plate appearances. He’s owed the remainder of his $4 million salary. Odds are Núñez will pass through waivers and become a free agent, after which his odds of landing with a team will go up.

Velázquez, 30, tossed 36 pitches in an inning of work against the Dodgers last night, taking the loss after allowing three runs in the 12th inning.

Travis, 25, is back for his second stint in the majors this season. Thus far, he has a .387 OPS in 31 trips to the dish.

Weber, 28, has accrued 19 1/3 innings thus far, allowing 11 runs on 24 hits and three walks with 14 strikeouts.