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Wells keeps eye on WBC

Don't count Vernon Wells out of the World Baseball Classic.

Wells said Friday he's a fast healer, and looked good while jogging, taking batting practice and throwing in the outfield. Team doctors had said he would need two weeks' rest after he strained a quad muscle lifting weights.

Wells was examined Wednesday in Toronto and said part of the reason for the visit was an acupuncture session.

Team USA announces its final roster Thursday.

"I talked to (U.S. manager) Buck Martinez three days ago and told him what was going on and that I still wanted to play," Wells said.

SPEIER PROGRESSING: Injured reliever Justin Speier also could be back sooner than expected. Manager John Gibbons said Speier would miss workouts for two weeks to let some irritation in the middle finger of his pitching hand subside. A specialist examined Speier Thursday in Baltimore and said he can throw in five days.

CLOSE ONE: Shortstop Russ Adams was hit on the right elbow by starter A.J. Burnett. Burnett bounced the pitch in front of Adams before it struck him. Adams laughed off the incident and was back hitting minutes later.

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