Ortiz hopes to take swings as soon as Friday

Ortiz hopes to take swings as soon as Friday

Ortiz hopes to take swings as soon as Friday
BOSTON -- David Ortiz was in good spirits on Thursday afternoon despite missing his third straight game with a strained right Achilles tendon.

With a new walking boot covering his right foot, Ortiz spoke about being the latest Red Sox star to have a stint on the disabled list.

"It's something we've been dealing with all year; one comes in and another one goes out," the slugger said. "It is what it is. I want to be on the field. I'm a little frustrated especially having some guys come back and the way things are going."

The Red Sox placed Ortiz on the DL on Wednesday and then promptly beat the White Sox, 10-1, without their best hitter.

"That's the best thing that can happen to somebody like myself going to the DL," said Ortiz, who leads Boston with a .316 average, 23 homers, 58 RBIs and a .414 on-base percentage. "Just watching the guys holding on to it and providing wins, I don't feel that guilty."

Despite having his right foot immobilized, Ortiz expects to take some light swings in the batting cage on Friday.

"I think I might be hitting tomorrow," he said. "The doctor told me yesterday that I would be able to take some swings. This boot kind of rotates, so I think I'll be fine."

Ortiz doesn't think he will be out longer than 15 days. He'll wear the walking boot for the next four to five days and receive constant treatment.

"I just want to make sure that I get the best of the best out of this, make sure I'm not going to feel it again," Ortiz said. "Just wait a couple of weeks and get it treated and I'll be fine. Hopefully everything goes well. I've been feeling better every day, less sore and it seems like we're going to be fine."