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Hanigan nearing return, Myers progressing

ST. PETERSBURG -- Ryan Hanigan (left-oblique strain) is close to returning from the disabled list.

"He wants to play," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He came out here, felt pretty good [on Friday]."

Maddon said Hanigan could possibly play in a Minor League game Saturday.

Wil Myers (right wrist fracture) swung the bat on Friday, taking 15 swings off a tee, taking another 20 swings via flip toss, and, finally, 15 batting practice swings inside the cage. Afterward, Myers said he had no pain and felt really good -- good enough to produce what he called "cage bombs" during the batting practice portion of his workout.

While Myers felt encouraged, he allowed that he needs to get past the "mental hurdle" of taking a big rip with the bat.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for Adam Berry is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.
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