Garciaparra getting back to work

Garciaparra getting back to work

LOS ANGELES -- Third baseman Nomar Garciaparra, on the disabled list with a pulled left calf muscle, resumed baseball activities during batting practice on Monday. The veteran suffered the injury 10 days earlier.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre said it was likely that Garciaparra would need to have a Minor League rehab assignment before he returns. But Torre said that when Garciaparra is healthy, he would reclaim the starting third-base job from rookie Blake DeWitt.

"He was doing well when he left," Torre said of Garciaparra, who was hitting .226 overall, but was 4-for-12 in his last three games. "He jump-started in Cincinnati [with a home run]. He didn't do anything wrong. He needs an opportunity to pick that up."

Garciaparra hit and played catch for the first time since suffering the injury on April 25, only nine days after he returned from a broken hand. He said he isn't ready to start jogging, but the pain he's had while walking is gone.

"I've spent the last week getting the swelling out, taking treatment for two hours a day," said Garciaparra. "I haven't tried running yet. I don't know if I can. I had pain from walking and going upstairs. Pushing off is a hurdle to clear."

Garciaparra had a similar injury last August.

"I know what the process is," he said.

Torre said disabled pitcher Jason Schmidt will throw in a simulated game on Tuesday that could lead to the start of a Minor League injury rehabilitation before the week is over. He had major shoulder surgery nearly 11 months ago.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.