Garciaparra: Get back to work
On the disabled list with a pulled left calf muscle, third baseman Nomar Garciaparra, resumed baseball activities during batting practice on Monday. The veteran suffered the injury 10 days earlier. LA Dodgers manager Joe Torre said it was likely that Garciaparra would need to have a Minor League rehab assignment before he returns. But Torre said that when Garciaparra is healthy, he would reclaim the starting third-base job from rookie Blake DeWitt. "He was doing well when he left," Torre said of Garciaparra, who was hitting .226 overall, but was 4-for-12 in his last three games. "He jump-started in Cincinnati [with a home run]. He didn't do anything wrong. He needs an opportunity to pick that up."
Nomar Garciaparra hit and played catch for the first time since suffering the injury on April 25, only nine days after he returned from a broken hand. He said he isn't ready to start jogging, but the pain he's had while walking is gone. "I've spent the last week getting the swelling out, taking treatment for two hours a day," said Garciaparra. "I haven't tried running yet. I don't know if I can. I had pain from walking and going upstairs. Pushing off is a hurdle to clear."
Nomar Garciaparra had a similar injury last August. "I know what the process is," according to him.
Added Torre, disabled pitcher Jason Schmidt will throw in a simulated game on Tuesday that could lead to the start of a Minor League injury rehabilitation before the week is over. He had major shoulder surgery nearly 11 months ago.
The organization of Angels of Anaheim assures the players their security and safety especially when they are on the field. Over the past years, the Angels players received proper medical assistance on and off the field.
Let us watch out for the games of the Angels of Anaheim for this season that may bring them to triumph and serves as one of the memorable season in the history of the Angels of Anaheim.
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