Garciaparra waiting for call

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra went 2-for-3 Monday for
Triple-A Pawtucket in his second minor-league rehabilitation game.

Garciaparra singled in the first and third innings, walked in
the fourth and left the game after fouling out to the catcher in
the sixth.

"I was glad I was able to go back out there today," he said.
"It felt pretty good."

Garciaparra was 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his debut Sunday. It
was his first game since fouling a ball off his right heel in
spring training on March 17.

"I talked to him and it surprised him how well he felt," Red
Sox manager Terry Francona said in Boston. "He played the whole
game without thinking before he took a step, and that's a really
good sign. I know he was really excited."

Francona said the Red Sox hadn't decided whether Garciaparra
will make Pawtucket's next trip, to Toledo. Garciaparra said he
probably wouldn't play in Tuesday's game at Louisville and would
rejoin the team Thursday in Toledo.

"Buddy (Bailey, the Pawtucket manager) was thinking of it this
way: 'I want to see if you can get over 100 pitches.' That's why I
had a chance to get up for a fourth time. I said, 'Yeah, that's
great.' " Garciaparra said.

"It does make a difference when you're on your toes for 100
pitches, but it's good. I was glad I was able to experience
something like that."

Garciaparra said he was waiting to hear from the Red Sox.

"It's their call," he said. "I'm happy to be out there. I'm smiling all the time. I've been sitting on the battle
lines all this time. It's good to go back out there."