PHILADELPHIA -- Len Dykstra finally got his wish yesterday. He was allowed to swing a bat for the first time since he totaled his Mercedes on May 6.
Philadelphia Phillies team physician Phillip Marone flashed the green light after examining the latest X-rays of Dykstra's broken collarbone. As Marone put it, "There is further healing going on, progressive healing."
With Marone's blessing, Dykstra quickly headed for Veterans Stadium's indoor batting cage. He later said he took "30, 40 swings;" hitting coach Denis Menke put the number at "20, 25."