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Boesch's thumb sore after splint experiment

Boesch's thumb sore after splint experiment

Boesch's thumb sore after splint experiment
DETROIT -- Brennan Boesch tried swinging on Friday with the splint the Tigers put together for him, but after experiencing some swelling around the thumb on Saturday morning, he said it's still a work in progress.

The good news for Boesch was that it was the first time he was able to swing a bat in quite a while. But that doesn't mean that he'll be able to endure it in a game.

The Tigers and Boesch are trying the splint after talking earlier this week with Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur, who wore the same thing after tearing a ligament in his thumb late in the 2009 season. He wore it down the stretch and the next spring after undergoing offseason surgery to repair the ligament.

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Whether the splint works for Boesch, who has a different swing than Francoeur, remains to be seen. Boesch tore a ligament in his thumb three weeks ago in Cleveland.

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