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CHICAGO -- David Murphy was not going to be cleared to travel again with the Indians until he was able to resume baseball activities. The outfielder's presence in the visiting clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday was a clear indicator of the progress he has made behind the scenes.

Murphy, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 10 with a strained right oblique, took 45 swings off a tee on Tuesday and said he is feeling great. The sidelined outfielder indicated that he still feels some discomfort early in his workouts, but the pain goes away after he stretches and gets warmed up.

"I'm making progress," Murphy said. "I think, more than anything, I'm starting to do baseball activities more and more. Once I got to that point, they said I could travel. I still don't know exctly where I'm at in terms of how close I am to a rehab assignment."

Indians manager Terry Francona said the timing of a Minor League rehab assignment could be tricky, because the season is ending for most of Cleveland's affiliates. Triple-A Columbus, however, does have a postseason approaching.

Francona said he has been impressed with how Murphy has attacked his rehab.

"He's doing OK," Francona said. "He's going to continue to ramp up his swings this week. He's been so diligent, but you can't push it. ... He works out in the morning, he brings his kid in and does all his stuff, and then he stays for the game -- all things that probably aren't shocking. It's why it's easy to have so much respect for him. I think he's coming quick, which is good."

Through 109 games this season, Murphy has hit .262 with seven home runs, 21 doubles, 55 RBIs and 36 runs scored.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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