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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Pau Gasol cleared for elliptical machine workouts

By Dave McMenamin

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- In the case of Pau Gasol's torn plantar fascia in his right foot, no news is good news.

Gasol saw Dr. Steve Yoon on Tuesday and underwent an ultrasound test that confirmed his foot is healing at a satisfactory rate, causing the team to clear Gasol to start working out on the elliptical machine.

Gasol has been providing updates of his own on Twitter, writing in recent days he was "feeling better and making progress," posting a photo of his foot covered in kinesiology tape and pointing out that Tuesday marked three weeks since he hurt his foot in game against the Brooklyn Nets.

The original timeframe Gasol was expected to be out was six to eight weeks, something that Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said hasn't changed.

"I don’t think it’s moved up any, but he’s doing well," D'Antoni said after practice Wednesday.

The Lakers have gone 5-4 in Gasol’s absence.