Jul 1 Garciaparra said he is recovering faster than he expected from surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left groin and hopes to return for the final two months of the regular season, the Associated Press reports.
"Physically, I feel pretty good right now," said Garciaparra. The shortstop is taking ground balls and batting practice and doing some light running, but he has difficulty pushing off. He said his strength and stamina are increasing, and hopes to start running the bases next week. Though there is still no precise timetable for his return, it looks like those owners who have held on to Garciaparra this long will be rewarded with some late-season production.