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Myers takes first swings since injuring wrist

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays outfielder Wil Myers has started swinging a bat for the first time since fracturing his right wrist against the Red Sox in late May.

Myers took his first swings on Thursday, alternating sets between a "Shelty Stick," his bat and a lighter fungo bat.

On Friday, he hit off a tee for the first time, also with a fungo bat.

"When I first got my cast off, I could barely move my wrist, and now I was able to hit off the tee today with the fungo," Myers said. "Still has some soreness in it, but I guess that's to be expected right now."

He said the next step after hitting from a tee will be to take coach's batting practice, which will likely happen in four to five days.

"Wil's still a little bit sore, but he's making progress," manager Joe Maddon said.

Myers, who hasn't played since May 30, said he still thinks he is on track for a mid-August return if all goes well.

David Adler is an associate reporter for
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