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Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 8:27 p.m.
 

NEW YORK — David Ortiz is on a timetable to rejoin the Red Sox in the middle of the third week of April.

The designated hitter plans to travel Thursday to the team's extended spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. He has been sidelined nearly all spring with heel inflammation after missing much of the second half of last season with a right Achilles tendon injury.

“He continues to move along the prescribed plan that's in place,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “I know with each passing day he feels better about himself, with the intensity ramping up with his running.”

Ortiz could start an injury rehabilitation assignment next week. Ortiz's minor league games likely will be with Triple-A Pawtucket.

San Jose mayor seeks date with Selig

Saying he hopes to keep the matter out of the courts, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has requested a meeting with commissioner Bud Selig to discuss the Oakland A's pursuit of a San Jose ballpark.

Reed's letter asking for the sit-down said a meeting would also help “resolve any lingering issues about our commitment to having the A's home plate be located in San Jose,” the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The A's have made no secret of their desire to leave Oakland for San Jose. They say a new ballpark in Silicon Valley could help the low-budget club become a big spender that wouldn't have to rely as much on revenue from other major league organizations.

Selig said in January the issue was on the “front burner.”

Reds' Ludwick out at least 3 months

Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick is expected to miss at least three months because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.

Ludwick dislocated his right shoulder while sliding into third base in a 3-1, 13-inning loss to the Angels on Monday. He had surgery on Wednesday to repair torn cartilage.

The Reds called up 25-year-old outfielder Derrick Robinson to take his roster spot.

Ex-C Piazza will perform ballet in Miami

Former catcher Mike Piazza will be taking center stage with the Miami City Ballet.

The Miami Beach-based dance company has tapped Piazza to play the role of a gangster in the May 3 production of “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.”

Piazza said his turn with the troupe is his gift to his 6-year-old daughter, a student at Miami City Ballet School.

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Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano said it was a family decision to leave agent Scott Boras and instead be represented by rapper Jay-Z's new sports company. … Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir (abdominal) will miss his first start of the season. ... The Phillies claimed outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off waivers from the Indians.

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