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Willingham will take on-field batting practice

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DETROIT -- Outfielder Josh Willingham is set to take batting practice on the field on Saturday to mark the first time he's been able to do that since going on the 15-day disabled list on April 7 with a small fracture in his left wrist.

Willingham, who originally injured his wrist when he was hit by a pitch from Indians right-hander Justin Masterson on April 6, took Friday off from swinging. But he took 20 swings during soft toss and tee drills on both Wednesday and Thursday.

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DETROIT -- Outfielder Josh Willingham is set to take batting practice on the field on Saturday to mark the first time he's been able to do that since going on the 15-day disabled list on April 7 with a small fracture in his left wrist.

Willingham, who originally injured his wrist when he was hit by a pitch from Indians right-hander Justin Masterson on April 6, took Friday off from swinging. But he took 20 swings during soft toss and tee drills on both Wednesday and Thursday.

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Willingham is expected to go out on a rehab assignment once he's cleared to play, as he hasn't played in a game for more than a month.

Willingham, 35, was hitting .294/.435/.353 with a double and an RBI in six games before the injury.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger.

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