Garciaparra's wrist not broken; Red Sox shortstop may skip whole series


Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra received the expected good news yesterday -- that his right wrist was bruised and not broken -- but manager Jimy Williams saw extra value in his shortstop's trip back to Boston for the definitive opinion.

"It alleviates the concern that [Garciaparra] had," Williams said after being notified of the medical results. Williams added that Garciaparra had suggested that he return to Boston for the examination.

Team physician Arthur Pappas examined Garciaparra yesterday at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. Garciaparra was hit by a pitch last Saturday at Fenway Park against the Orioles.

"The bone looks fine," said Pappas. "But there is a tendon that travels under the bone that is bruised, and that tendon is swollen."

Pappas said he expects Garciaparra to take several days off but should be fine for the American League playoffs, which will begin Wednesday. Garciaparra is expected to be back with the Red Sox tomorrow at Camden Yards.

Whether he plays in the season finale, Williams said, won't be determined until he has a chance to talk with his shortstop.

Pub Date: 10/02/99

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