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Gonzalez starts swinging
Sler Adrian Gonzalez was supposed to meet with Dr. David Altchek, the Mets’ team physician, sometime this week to get the all-clear to resume swinging a bat. But the Red Sox scrapped that plan after Altchek was delayed in getting down to Florida, and their own medical staff feltcheap jerseyGonzalez had progressed enough in his return from labrum surgery to enter the cage.
So the first baseman took 20 swings off a tee this morning and afterwards pronounced himself pleased.
“Twenty swings off the tee. Felt good. Break!” Gonzalez joked in an attempt to ward off the swarm of reporters descending on his locker. No such luck on that one.
“They said four months to start swinging and today is four months plus a day, so I’m on schedule,” Gonzalez said. “I didn’t hold back, I took good healthy swings and I felt fine. You’re waiting to see if you feel something different and I didn’t so it was a good sign.”
Manager Terry Francona said the plan is for Gonzalez to hit off a tee for three days and then take a day off to see how he feels. Gonzalez has no timetable for when he’d like to appear in a spring game, but he doesn’t feel particularly behind, since he usually doesn’t start swinging until spring training anyway.