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David Ortiz resumes swinging

03.19.13 at 5:57 pm ET

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who had not taken part in baseball activities since March 9 while resting to calm the inflammation in his right heel, took 50 swings in the batting cage on Tuesday, according to manager John Farrell. The team will wait to see how he feels on Wednesday in order to determine the next course of action with the sidelined slugger. Still, given that an anticipated return to hitting on Monday had to be postponed due to lingering discomfort in his right heel, the fact that Ortiz felt good enough to swing in the cage represents a measure of progress for a player who has not participated in games since last August 24.

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