Ortiz not in a rush to return

8/4/2012 9:51:27 PM

"I'm planning to keep on playing baseball and I don't want to do anything stupid and put my career in jeopardy," said Ortiz, who was eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday. "I have to do what they tell me to do. It's hard. It's real hard but it's better to be smart than being stupid. I want to be out there, regardless, but it doesn't depend on me. It depends on how fast my injury heals up and I can go back on the field without running any risk. It's a serious injury and you have to go day-by-day with it."

Ortiz would not commit to returning before the 10-game homestand ends on Wednesday against the Rangers.

"Everything is going pretty much the way they planned it," he said. "It's an injury where you're going to have those good days and those bad days. This is an injury where the only thing that's going to fix it is time off. It's a little difficult right now for me just to be able to watch the games on TV and not being able to be out there and help this ball club."

Ortiz injured the right foot while rounding second base on Adrian Gonzalez' three-run homer in the eighth inning of a 4-1 win on July 16. He said his next hurdle will be to do strength drills to test the Achilles and get to the point where he is free of pain.

"It's going day-by-day. But I'm starting to feel better. The pain is starting to go away. It's a good sign," Ortiz said.