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Papelbon's ankle OK

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  March 3, 2006 09:26 AM

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Red Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbon, who was hit by a line drive about an inch outside his left ankle last night, said this morning that the area felt fine.

"It's unbelievable how good it came out,” Papelbon said. “I have a bruise the size of a dime. I should probably be able to run tomorrow. The good Lord above must have been watching."

Papelbon saw Dr. Thomas Gill this morning, but the injury wasn’t serious enough to warrant an X-ray. Papelbon said he has full motion in the ankle, and that there was no swelling.

He added that the ankle felt a little stiff when he woke up, but said "it's been loosening up more and more. It came out 10 times better than I expected."

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