Jul 11 Garciaparra (groin) could be just two to three weeks from rejoining the Cubs, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Recommendation: "We are progressing hopefully soon to some extended spring games in Mesa [Ariz.]," trainer Mark O'Neal said Sunday. "We are probably a week away from that. We have been able to meet every goal." Garciaparra's comeback now seems almost certain to happen. Garciaparra said recently that he hoped to play at least the last two months of the regular season. O'Neal sees that as a distinct possibility. A rehabilitation assignment to Triple-A Iowa or elsewhere isn't far away. "It just depends how much time he is going to need in the minor leagues to get himself ready," O'Neal said. "If by the third week of July, he is in games in the minor leagues somewhere, that would give him 10 days to two weeks to be back here by the first of August." If your team needs a big boost down the stretch and you have room on your bench, now's probably the time to stash Garciaparra if he's still available.
Jul 11 After suffering a left groin tear in an April 20th game against the Cardinals, Cubs shortstop Nomar Garciaparra was thought to be lost for as much as the entire season. Now, his rehab has progressed to the point that when the Cubs return to action Thursday, shortstop Nomar Garciaparra could be just two to three weeks from rejoining the team. "We are progressing hopefully soon to some extended spring games in Mesa [Ariz.],'' trainer Mark O'Neal told the Chicago Sun Times on Sunday. "We are probably a week away from that. We have been able to meet every goal.''
Views: Garciaparra recently made it known that he hoped to play at least the last two months of the season and it appears now, that hope may very well come true. If he is on a minor league rehab stint by the third week of July, he'll still be on track to return by the first week in August. Fantasy owners should keep a close eye on his progress and be ready to activate him the moment you see his name in the boxscore.
Jul 11 According to Cubs trainer Mark O'Neal, Garciaparra should be cleared to take part in some extended spring training games within the next week or so. Barring any setbacks, the Cubs' shortstop will begin a minor league rehab assignment shortly thereafter, and he could be back with the major league club by the end of July. Garciaparra has been sidelined since April 20, as he continues to recover from surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left groin.
Advice: Neifi Perez and Ronny Cedeno will continue to fill in at shortstop for the Cubs until Garciaparra can return. Prior to the injury, he was batting just .157 with no home runs and four RBI in 14 games this season.