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Prospect Worth remains shut down with heel injury

Prospect Worth remains shut down with heel injury

DETROIT -- Tigers infield prospect Danny Worth was shut down from baseball activity again last week after suffering a setback with his bruised right heel.

The Triple-A Toledo shortstop, who was one of the Tigers' last cuts out of Spring Training, had resumed running and was taking ground balls, but felt pain in the heel when he tried to pick up his activity while running in spikes with a protective heel pad. It's the same activity that gave him trouble earlier.

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Worth is shut down from most activity until he's pain free. He took throws at first base and fielded ground balls hit directly at him during batting practice at Triple-A Toledo this past weekend, but nothing that involves moving around.

The plan, Worth said, is to head to Florida after the Mud Hens' homestand ends Wednesday so that he can work out at extended spring training. Worth said he's hoping he can play in some extended spring games and rejoin the Hens next week during their road series in Charlotte, N.C., though that may be optimistic.

Worth hasn't played since bruising the heel on a play at first base on April 17. The injury is similar to the one that sidelined Avisail Garcia for about a month.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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