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BoSox's Ortiz has hard cast replaced with splint; Colon hurts back

Updated: June 17, 2008, 9:05 AM ET
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PHILADELPHIA -- David Ortiz had the cast removed from his left wrist on Monday and replaced by a removable splint, an encouraging sign for Boston's slugger.

Ortiz suffered a partial tear of the sheath that surrounds his tendon while swinging during a game against Baltimore on May 31. He went on the disabled list a few days later for the first time since he joined the Red Sox before the 2003 season.

At the time of the injury, Boston manager Terry Francona said surgery was "very ...

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