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Garciaparra Out With Wrist Injury

February 28, 2001

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra will miss at least two weeks with a right wrist injury.

The two-time defending AL batting champion has a split in a tendon in the wrist, which also is inflamed. It will be immobilized in a removable cast for 1-to-2 weeks and treated with medication.

The injury probably is a recurrence of the wrist problem he had after being hit by a pitch on Sept. 25, 1999, by Baltimore’s Al Reyes. Garciaparra said the wrist ached but wasn’t a major problem last year when he led the league with a .372 batting average.

Garciaparra said Wednesday he can’t throw a ball or swing a bat. He had gone through his usual workout without a problem Sunday but woke up the next morning with a swollen wrist.

``I’d feel a lot better if I knew I did a swing and I just felt something or I threw a ball and I felt something,″ he said. ``There’s an uncertainty, definitely.

``It’s one of those things where ... hopefully your body will take care of it.″

He said the team physician, Dr. Bill Morgan, did not discuss the possibility of surgery.

``If they were thinking about it they didn’t tell me and I didn’t want to hear it right now,″ Garciaparra said.

Boston improved its offense in the offseason by signing free agent outfielder Manny Ramirez. He was slated to bat fourth, one spot behind Garciaparra and one ahead of Carl Everett.

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