April 20, 2006 |
How about a big Fresno welcome for Nomar Garciaparra. The first baseman will play triple-A games in the Central Valley city today and Friday with the visiting Las Vegas 51s. If all goes well, Garciaparra would make his Dodger debut Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Sidelined since the beginning of the season because of a strained rib cage, he has taken batting and fielding practice three days in a row without pain. "I'm feeling pretty good," he said.
March 17, 2006 |
Manager Grady Little is quick to scuttle speculation that Nomar Garciaparra will play anywhere but first base. The former shortstop has worked diligently to become proficient at his new position, and Little believes it would be unfair to ask him to also learn to play, say, left field simply because the Dodgers might have a need there. Garciaparra's place in the batting order is less certain. The Dodgers had him penciled into the No.
November 20, 2006 |
Not that Nomar Garciaparra was plucked off the bargain rack, but the Dodgers felt fortunate to finish up a two-year, $18-million contract for the lifetime .318 hitter Sunday after the most coveted offensive player on the free-agent market, Alfonso Soriano, agreed to a mind-boggling deal with the Chicago Cubs.
February 29, 2000 |
Nomar Garciaparra smiles when he discusses his ailing right knee. Boston Manager Jimy Williams says he's not worried. Tests scheduled for today were described as precautionary. Still, when the defending AL batting champion misses a workout day, it's the major topic in the Red Sox spring training camp. Garciaparra has a sprained ligament in his right knee and will have an MRI, team physician William Morgan said Monday. There did not appear to be any swelling in the knee.
July 25, 2008 |
These are like the good old days for Nomar Garciaparra. He's hitting, playing shortstop, and, at this moment, healthy. The notoriously superstitious former Boston Red Sox star isn't saying much about his recent form, but his numbers tell at least part of the story. Since being activated July 4, the two-time batting champion is hitting .306 (15 for 49) with three home runs and 10 runs batted in.
April 12, 2008 |
The Dodgers, who started the season with three third basemen on the disabled list and a rookie with no big league experience in the starting lineup, may soon be getting two of those veterans back. Andy LaRoche took two rounds of batting practice and threw a baseball Friday, the first time he has done either since tearing a ligament in his right thumb during a March 7 spring training game. And Nomar Garciaparra, who sustained a fractured bone in his right hand in that same exhibition, is expected to leave on a minor league rehab assignment this morning.
June 12, 2008 |
SAN DIEGO -- Nomar Garciaparra never has played a game at shortstop for the Dodgers, and yet it is jarring to associate him with any other position. The debates raged for years over the best shortstop in the major leagues: Garciaparra or Derek Jeter, or Miguel Tejada, or Alex Rodriguez? In his three years with the Dodgers, he has played first base and third base.
May 28, 2007 |
One of the most reliable bullpens in baseball restored order Sunday, two days after a rough inning in which Dodgers relievers momentarily imploded. The Dodgers bullpen again flashed the form it has shown for most of the season during a 2-1, 11-inning comeback victory over the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. Rudy Seanez, Joe Beimel, Jonathan Broxton and Chad Billingsley gave up one run in five innings, with Broxton and Billingsley combining for three scoreless innings.
August 4, 2006 |
That barely broken-in first baseman's mitt tucked in the corner of Jeff Kent's locker? He probably won't need it after all. Plans for the Dodgers' slugger to be activated from the disabled list this weekend were put on hold because he felt discomfort in his left oblique muscle after taking batting practice the last three days. "It's a dull pull," he said. "I still feel it when I tie my shoes, put on my underwear or lift my suitcase."
April 16, 2008 |
Back in Los Angeles from a minor league rehabilitation assignment, Nomar Garciaparra is set to be activated in time for a five-game trip that begins Friday in Atlanta. "You have steps throughout the whole process to get back and I've taken every step," Garciaparra said. "Now, it's go out there and play." Garciaparra played three games in Sacramento with triple-A Las Vegas, the first and third of them as the starting third baseman.