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He's only mostly dead
by Derek Smart
The word is that Nomar Garciaparra will be out 2-3 months with the injury sustained during last night's game. Here's a phrase one never wants to read in relation to someone's groin:
Cubs trainer Mark O'Neal said the muscle pulled away from the bone.
Guh. That's all the detail I need.
Ronny Cedeno got the call from Iowa to fill Nomar's roster spot, and while I'd always rather have our ill-fated boy in the lineup, it could be interesting to see what Cedeno can do in the bigs, especially since he started the year hitting .348/.400/.565 in 46 AAA at bats. He's supposed to be good defensively too, despite his three errors thus far, so while this whole episode is deeply saddening, something positive could come of it yet.
But of course, it's not positive, and I'm not going to say that Nomar's possible July/August return will be like making a great deadline deal, because it won't be - he was supposed to be playing all year, and trying to frame an obvious loss to the club as a potential gain is intellectually bankrupt. However, from the looks of things, he will, indeed, return, and given the alternative, that's good enough news for now.