CLEVELAND — Boston designated hitter David Ortiz is expected to return to the Red Sox lineup when they open a home series tonight against Kansas City.
Ortiz hasn’t played this season because of an injured right Achilles, which limited him to 90 games in 2012. He began a rehabilitation assignment last week and went 4 for 20, including a home run on Thursday.
Boston manager John Farrell said all signs point to Ortiz being ready on Friday when the Red Sox play at Fenway Park for the first time since Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Jeter out until July
NEW YORK — Derek Jeter will be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of a new fracture in his broken left ankle — a blow to a New York Yankees team already reeling from injuries and one that raises long-term questions about the 38-year-old shortstop’s future.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Jeter should be able to resume his rehabilitation when the new crack heals, in about four to eight weeks. Cashman has repeatedly maintained the 13-time All-Star should be able to return at his previous level of play.
Jeter will not require surgery for the break, Cashman said after speaking with Dr. Robert Anderson, who operated on the Yankees’ captain Oct. 20.
“He told me 95 percent of the people that have this, they come back from it fine. You just have to back off,” Cashman said.
Then again, the Yankees and Jeter repeatedly said all winter that he would be ready to play on opening day.
Jeter was hurt last Oct. 13 in the AL championship series opener against Detroit. He was limited to five spring training games and 11 at-bats, and when the team left spring training he stayed behind for rehabilitation at New York’s minor league complex in Tampa, Fla.
After three straight days of workouts, Jeter went to Charlotte, N.C., and was examined Thursday by Anderson.
“They did a new CT scan which revealed a small crack in the area of the previous injury, so we have to back off and let that heal,” Cashman said.MORE IN Sports WireMIAMI — Draft night belonged to Ben Simmons.
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