Dr. Jim Andrews of the Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center examined Bo Jackson for about four hours yesterday and said the two-sport star is making significant recovery from a hip injury but shouldn't get rid of his crutches yet.
Jackson returned to Birmingham, Ala., for his first in-depth examination in six weeks.
Jackson, 28, was released by the Kansas City Royals in March after the team's doctor determined that Jackson's football-related hip injury would not allow him to play baseball this year. He signed with the Chicago White Sox this month.
"I passed my exam with flying colors," Jackson said. "I'll be back on the playing field soon."
But Andrews said Jackson should continue using crutches "for a safety factor" as the physical-therapy program accelerates.
Andrews said there was no evidence of any "popping" that would indicate loose bone fragments in the hip joint.
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