After being scratched from back-to-back games at Triple-A Pawtucket, David Ortiz played yesterday and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

His long-awaited return to the Red Sox lineup could come Friday night at Fenway Park.

“There’s a chance,” manager John Farrell said. “Yes.”

Ortiz was removed from the PawSox lineup Sunday because of a sinus problem and didn’t play Monday after experiencing what Farrell termed a “spasm” in his left heel. He opened this season on the disabled list and has played one game since last July 16, when he strained his right Achilles.

“We’re hopeful that by the end of this week, he’s still able to rejoin us,” Farrell said. “He ran the bases (yesterday), so there was no ill effects coming out of the game. It’s just a matter of getting some timing and some at-bats over the next three days, or two days. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get anywhere from 8-10 at-bats and we’ll reassess at that time.”

There’s financial incentive for Ortiz to return before this weekend. If he spends fewer than 20 days on the disabled list because of his Achilles injury, his 2014 salary will increase from $13 million to $15 million. He went on the DL March 31.