As I mentioned in the previous slide, Big Papi is on the long road to recovery as we speak.
After a relatively injury-free career, Ortiz has been sidelined for much of the last nine months due to a myriad of foot-related injuries.
An Achilles strain kept him on the bench for almost the entire second half of 2012, and significant heel inflammation prevented Ortiz from playing in spring training.
Big Papi will be spending the next few days rehabbing in Fort Myers and taking part in minor league games. The Red Sox expect him back on the roster in about two weeks, assuming all goes well.
On the shortstop side of the coin, newly signed Stephen Drew should be fresh and healthy much sooner than his slugging teammate.
After suffering a concussion early in spring training, Drew sat out the remainder of big league camp. Defensive wizard Jose Iglesias temporarily took over for Drew at shortstop.
Having has just wrapped up a weeklong minor league rehab assignment, Drew is now looking to reclaim his starting spot. He should be back with the team on Wednesday.
As is the case with all injuries, setbacks are always a distinct possibility, especially as Ortiz enters his final years of baseball. Despite the optimistic timelines detailed above, it’s possible that one or both of these players could be delayed.