Sunday, April 16, 2006

Nomar Garciaparra Eligible for Activation

Even if Dodgers 1B Nomar Garciaparra comes off the DL Tuesday, expect the team to proceed cautiously before putting him back in the lineup. Garciaparra, 32, is swinging a bat at half speed, and will try to take grounders during the week. But because of the quirkiness of his injury, the rib cage, the team wants to avoid rushing him back too soon and causing a relapse. Don't be surprised if Garciaparra doesn't play fulltime until next week, or maybe as late as the first week of May, depending on how he feels after workouts. The Dodgers are under no pressure to return Garciaparra to action. Rookie James Loney, 21, is playing respectable defense and first and hitting .265 in 30 atbats.

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