Although no one was willing to say it, Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra probably will be placed on the 15-day disabled list today with a strained muscle in his right side, an injury he suffered during Sunday’s Freeway Series finale at Angel Stadium.
“He could be out for a little while,” general manager Ned Colletti said. “We’ll re-evaluate him (today) and make a decision.”
To fill Garciaparra’s roster spot, the club likely will recall highly touted first-base prospect James Loney from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Garciaparra, who struck out twice in two at-bats against the Angels, said he initially felt something while warming up before that game.
“Then in the first swing of my first at-bat, I really felt it,” he said. “I fouled a ball off and felt something in my side. I decided just to battle through the game, but after a couple of at-bats, it still didn’t feel right. I came out and got some treatment, then came in early (Monday) morning and got more treatment. Right now, it’s day to day.”
I recall the vast amount of told-you-so-ism Paul DePodesta was clobbered with last season when J.D. Drew made his annual trip to the DL. If the oft-injured Garciaparra fails to make an impact with the Dodgers this season, will Colletti receive similar criticism, or does he get a free pass for not being a computer guy?