Ortiz set to return after 8 months

David Ortiz is making his return Saturday for the Boston Red Sox
following an eight-month layoff.

Ortiz, the DH, is hitting cleanup against the Kansas City Royals
at Fenway Park.

The 37-year-old was activated from the disabled list Friday.
Ortiz injured his right Achilles tendon running the bases on July
17 and appeared just once in Boston’s final 72 games, going 2 for 3
against the Royals on Aug. 24.

Ortiz was bothered by inflammation in both heels during spring
training, and he went 4 for 18 (.222) with a home run during a
six-game injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket
from April 11-18.