BOSTON -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is unlikely to be activated from the 15-day disabled list this weekend against the Twins, his former team.
The slugger said Friday he was doing the same agility exercises on his strained right Achilles tendon as he did on Thursday. Ortiz took batting practice before Friday's game and worked out in right field at Fenway Park.
"He says he feels better, progressing normally towards a complete recovery," manager Bobby Valentine said Friday.
Ortiz is at least two days away from doing more strenuous power running drills. The designated hitter has not played since July 16, when he suffered the injury stepping on second base on an Adrian Gonzalez home run.
While Ortiz is on the mend, shortstop Mike Aviles was back in the lineup Friday after missing the last five games with turf toe.
Aviles batted ninth in his first game since Saturday in New York. He had an injection in his right foot Tuesday.
"His toe feels 100 percent," Valentine said. "As soon as the injection was settled in, he felt really good. [Thursday] he was like 95 percent, to the point where he could have played. He's hungry to get back in there. I think the toe affected some of his at-bats at the end there."
Bailey's second rehab outing goes smoothly
BOSTON -- Reliever Andrew Bailey made his second Minor League rehab outing on Friday, striking out two in a scoreless inning for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.
Bailey, recovering from right thumb surgery, started the game and allowed one hit and one walk on 20 pitches (11 strikes).
"He threw a couple balls 93 mph and felt good," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said.
The right-hander will make his next appearance Sunday with either Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket. Both clubs play at home that day.
"I think it's the place that's closest. We'd like to get him in competition, but it's not the level of competition it's more convenience," Valentine said. "Double-A and Triple-A is kind of similar."
If Bailey goes to Pawtucket, he could relieve starter Daisuke Matsuzaka. Dice-K is scheduled to make his second rehab start with the PawSox on Sunday against Lehigh Valley.
Dice-K, recovering from a right trapezius strain, tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings Monday for Pawtucket. He struck out three against one walk and allowed four hits.
Before Friday's game against the Twins, Dice-K threw from flat ground in the outfield at Fenway Park.
"After his 47-pitch stint the other day, he feels really good and he's going to give us more than that this next time out this weekend, 80 or 90 [pitches] hopefully," Valentine said. "He feels good, had a really good bullpen session."
Bailey has not pitched for the Red Sox this season. Dice-K was 0-3 with a 6.65 ERA in five starts after returning from Tommy John surgery in June.
Salty misses game with ear infection
BOSTON -- The Red Sox played down a man in Friday night's 6-5 loss to the Twins.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was not with the team because of an ear infection. He was not in the hospital, but did have a fever, manager Bobby Valentine said.
"Salty wasn't here," Valentine said. "He has a little ear infection, or a big ear infection."
Valentine said he hoped Saltalamacchia would be back for Saturday, but gave no guarantee. Ryan Lavarnway's recent call-up gives the Red Sox three catchers, so they would not have been in a bind had Friday's game continued.
-- Evan Drellich
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.