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Blake takes step forward with neck injury

Blake takes step forward with neck injury

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Blake takes step forward with neck injury
SAN FRANCISCO -- Only days after fielding questions about retirement because his arthritic neck was not improving, Casey Blake's arthritic neck is improving.

Blake, limited to playing catch for the two weeks he's been on the disabled list, added fielding ground balls and soft-toss batting practice Tuesday.

"He said he woke up feeling better, and that's the first time I've heard that," said manager Don Mattingly. "He's got more movement. We'll add on and see how he handles it."

Blake, a possible free agent after the season, has been on the DL three times this year -- the other times for a strained lower back and a staph infection.

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