Garciaparra Returns to Red Sox
Oct. 02, 1999
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra rejoined the Boston Red Sox on Saturday and said his injured right wrist will not hinder his performance in the playoffs.
Garciaparra, who was hit by a pitch from the Orioles' Al Reyes on Sept. 25, will not play in Boston's final two regular-season games in Baltimore. But he said he will ready for action Wednesday, when the Red Sox open the postseason with a best-of-5 series against either Cleveland or Texas.
``Without a doubt. No question,'' he said Saturday in the Boston clubhouse. ``I don't think it's going to limit me now.''
Garciaparra leads the AL in batting .357. He has 27 home runs and 104 RBIs.
Garciaparra was examined Friday by Red Sox team physician Arthur Pappas at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester.
``The bone looks fine,'' Pappas said, ``but there is a tendon that travels under the bone that is bruised and that tendon is swollen.''
Garciaparra said the injury does not hinder his throws from shortstop, but he admitted feeling a twinge of pain when he swings the bat.
Garciaparra left the team before Thursday night's game in Chicago against the White Sox. By the time he returns Wednesday, he will have gone a week without playing. But he was not concerned about the time off.
``We'll definitely have some workouts inbetween now and then,'' he said. ``It's not going to be six days of non-activity.''
By sitting out the final two games, Garciaparra appears to be a sure bet to win his first batting title in the major leagues. He entered Saturday with a seven-point cushion on Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees.
``If it happens, it's definitely a nice honor, but it wasn't my goal at the beginning of the season,'' he said. ``I won't be happy with this season if we don't go all the way.''