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By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET â€“ Before anyone gets too alarmed, let David Ortiz explain what â€śgood soreâ€ť means.
â€śGeneral soreness â€¦ we did a lot today,â€ť the Red Sox designated hitter clarified as to why he came out following three at-bats in Pawtucketâ€™s 5-4 win over Rochester Thursday night at McCoy Stadium. â€śI was getting cold out there and I was getting a little sore.â€ť
The fact that Ortiz is dealing with minimal pain after what was a busy and productive first rehab game with the PawSox should be interpreted as a good sign. He was able to put his injured heels through a serious workout on the base paths â€“ twice he went in motion on 3-2 pitches in the third inning before displaying no hesitation after going from first to third on a double into the left-center gap by Mark Hamilton in the fifth inning.
â€śBeing able to run around the bases and move around was good,â€ť said Ortiz, who finished 2-for-3 with a RBI and one run. â€śWith no hesitation, I was able to run the bases.â€ť
The workout Ortiz went through on the base paths took a base seat to the fact that he struck out on a changeup in the first inning and stroked two singles that were deposited up the middle.
â€śI want to make sure that I accomplish that,â€ť said Ortiz when asked about his stint with the PawSox serving as a condensed version of spring training.
Despite the good sore, Ortiz confirmed that heâ€™s all systems go to continue his rehab on Friday.