Garciaparra Isn't Ready to Play

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Nomar Garciaparra won't come off Oakland's disabled list when he's eligible Monday.

Garciaparra is on the DL for the second time this season with a strained right calf. He took batting practice for the first time during his second DL stint Saturday but is yet to test his legs running - a key step in him being able to return to the field for the Athletics.

Garciaparra stayed in the Bay Area during the team's recent eight-game road trip in order to get treatment and rehabilitate his leg. He knows he is prone to calf problems and likely will have to deal with the condition for the rest of his career.

"I'm hanging in there," Garciaparra said Saturday before the A's played the Baltimore Orioles. "The running is going to be the issue. It's not just a strain. It's more than a strain. A strain heals. What I have, it's a condition. It's just about trying to find the right formula."

Manager Bob Geren can't say what that formula might be - playing Garciaparra once or twice a week, perhaps?

Garciaparra, who turns 36 on July 23, is on the DL for the 14th time in his career and fifth in two seasons. He missed 90 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season and needed three DL stints with injuries to his right hand, left calf and left knee.

In early March, Garciaparra agreed to a one-year deal with Oakland that guarantees him $1 million with the chance to make $250,000 each in performance and roster bonuses.

Garciaparra has been receiving plenty of moral support from teammate Jason Giambi. They grew up not far from each other in Southern California.

"I ask him every day how he's feeling," Giambi said. "It's a tough situation. You try to be supportive. The type of player he is, you would love to have him two days a week, or one day. He knows he can play. The talent's there. That has to be the hardest thing. His body won't let him."

Geren has to prepare for the fact Garciaparra could be limited all year once he does return.

"He's dealt with it for a month now," Geren said. "It possibly could be a lingering thing. I hope it heals up. It's bothered him for a year and a half now."

In addition, reliever Dan Giese is scheduled to have elbow surgery Tuesday.

Giese, who went on the disabled list May 18, has a nerve problem near his right elbow. He is 0-3 with a 5.32 ERA in seven games, including one start, this season.