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Ortiz close to swinging bat after resting ailing wrist

Updated: November 11, 2008, 5:03 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said he is about a month away from swinging a bat after spending the last month resting the ailing left wrist that slowed him for much of last season.

Speaking at a news conference to announce a new charity golf tournament in the Dominican Republic, Ortiz said his wrist is "feeling fine" and the inflammation has gone away.

"It's doing good," he said.

Ortiz, who hit 54 homers in 2006, batted .264 with just 23 home runs and 89 ...

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