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Ortiz plans to hit in cage with protective boot


BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz isn't about to let a protective boot on his right foot keep him from taking a few hacks in an indoor cage at Fenway Park.

One day after being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right Achilles, Ortiz said before Thursday's game against Chicago that he plans to hit in the cage as early as Friday.

Wearing a black protective boot on his right foot and standing at his locker, he laughed and then smiled before answering if he thought it might be a bit awkward.

Ortiz went to Miami for a second opinion on the injury Wednesday, a day after the club told him it was strained.