LOS ANGELES–In a last minuted trade deadline deal, the Disabled List reacquirered longtime fan-favorite Nomar Garciaparra today from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for triple-A first base prospect James Loney.
Garciaparra had developed a devoted following among fans of the DL with memorable performances in several previous tours of duty, including a gorgeous wrist injury and a spectacular groin tear.
Garciaparra fills a hole in the Disabled List’s lineup with Derrick Lee likely to be forced back onto the active list any day now and longtime starter Dimitri Young having been dealt to the Tigers last week.
Meanwhile Loney, despite being a highly touted prospect, had put up feeble numbers this season, unable to produce even a single high ankle sprain let alone a career-threatening degenerative hip injury.
“Nomar has always performed well for us in the past, and we are happy to have him back,” said Disabled List GM Steve Phillips. “Although his injury production has declined a bit in recent years, we feel that he still has the ability to do some real damage to his body and help our team down the stretch.”
Although there is a chance that Garciaparra will only be a two month rental for the DL, as he is in a free agent year, Phillips indicated he was hopeful the team could resign Garciaparra to an extension before the end of the season.