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Matt Whitney: "All will be well this year."

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- A year ago this time, reality was slapping Matt Whitney in the face. And it hurt. Boy, did it ever!<br><br> Despite more than a year of intense rehabilitation, the young player once described as the best minor league hitter in the Indians' organization since Manny Ramirez was coming to grips with the fact he would not be breaking camp with a team when the season began in early April.<br>

The broken left leg Whitney suffered when he stepped on a sprinkler head in March of 2003 would keep him in extended spring training. Not only was his lateral movement still restricted, but just running from home to first base was difficult. That's a bad combination. So, while the majority of his teammates headed north, Whitney stayed in Winter Haven with a couple of dozen young players who were...

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