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Freel making progress in recovery

Freel making progress in recovery

CINCINNATI -- Injured utility player Ryan Freel is making progress from a torn right hamstring tendon, but he is still not close to returning.

As of Tuesday, Freel's rehabilitation had yet to include any running. Additionally, the partially torn distal tendon in the hamstring has since completely torn. An MRI exam taken three days ago revealed the condition.

"It might have been a little bit hanging on, to where it set me back a little bit," Freel said. "I felt another pop that probably was the final detachment. We were hoping for that from the get-go."

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Freel, who was batting .298 in 48 games, hasn't played since he was injured while running to first base on June 3 in Philadelphia. Currently on the 15-day disabled list, there is no timetable for Freel's return, but he is expected to be back this season. He emphatically said surgery was not under consideration.

On Tuesday, it appeared that Freel could soon increase the intensity of his rehab program. He has already been working out in a pool.

"I'm going to start doing some stuff that's more involved -- some light agility stuff or light running," Freel said. "That is good for me, because I haven't done anything light in a while."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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