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Newz Forum: BASEBALL: Red Sox's Normar and Nixon injured

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TRD

posted on Mar, 19 2004 @ 03:50 PM
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The Red Sox were extremely fortunate in their ability to avoid injuries last season, but there seems an increasing likelihood that the Sox could be without two of their best players on Opening Day 2004.Boston's Trot Nixon will be sidelined until May with a back injury and Red Sox teammate Nomar Garciaparra could miss opening day because of a foot problem.
 

Nixon has a mildly herniated disc in his back. He has not played at all this spring.Garciaparra had an MRI exam that showed mild tendinitis in his right Achilles' tendon.Manager Terry Francona plans to move first baseman Kevin Millar to right field and second baseman Pokey Reese to shortstop until Nixon and Garciaparra return.David Ortiz, Boston's designated hitter, figures to see more time at first base, and Gabe Kapler will play right field when Millar is at first. Mark Bellhorn is the primary backup infielder.Nixon should be ready to play in a major league game in six weeks.

The Red Sox are hopeful Garciaparra can play in two weeks, around the time of the opener at Baltimore on April 4.Though Garciaparra could not be reached for comment, there were indications that he will need to rest an additional week or longer.That would bring him back on March 25 at the earliest - 10 days before the Sox' April 4 opener in Baltimore. Garciaparra has had only eight official spring at-bats to date, raising the question of whether he will have enough time to prepare for the start of the regular season.





[Edited on 19/3/04 by TRD]



Ben

posted on Mar, 20 2004 @ 10:27 AM
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This is a killer blow to the Sox's like you said that season they were lucky with injuries, but as in every year a team has to overcome injuries to win



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