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Bosox’ Garciaparra Undergoing MRI

March 20, 1999

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ Nomar Garciaparra left the Boston Red Sox on today to head to Los Angeles where he will undergo an MRI on his right elbow.

Garciaparra will be examined by Dr. Tony Daley and Dr. Louis Yokum on Monday

``Nomar has been suffering from a muscle strain and a strained ligament,″ team physician Arthur Pappas said. ``If all goes well we expect he will be back Wednesday.″

Pappas describes Garciaparra’s injury as ``something you see a lot in spring training.″ The areas involved, according to Pappas, are the flexor muscle in the right forearm and the ligament inside the right elbow.

Garciaparra, the 1997 Rookie of the Year and runner-up in last season’s AL MVP voting, suffered the injury in a game March 11 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

``He made an awkward throw to the plate and has been bothered with the condition since then,″ said Pappas.

Although Garciaparra has not played in the Red Sox last two games he has appeared as a designated hitter in four games since the injury and was 3-for-15 with a home run and four RBIs in those games.

``There is nothing wrong when he swings the bat, he only experiences pain when he tries to throw the ball,″ said Pappas.

Pappas said he encouraged Garciaparra to get a second opinion after looking at him Saturday.

``That’s his right and it helps me in treating him because I have additional information, from specialists, on his condition,″ he said.

Garciaparra was unavailable for comment prior to leaving the Red Sox spring training facility.

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