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Smith return delayed

By Sheldon Published: March 17, 2011

Joe Smith, sidelined with a strained ab muscle, doesn't know when he will be able to return to the mound.

""I played catch a couple of days ago, and I still felt it,'' he said this morning. ""I'm supposed to try again over the weekend.'' The injury occurred when Smith threw a pitch.

Jason Donald, out with a bone bruise in his left hand, was expected to take batting practice Thursday, but that session was postponed.

Minor-league shortstop Tony Wolters, the Tribe's third-round pick in last year's draft, underwent surgery in Cleveland after fracturing a hamate bone. ¶

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