Notes: Garciaparra activated from DL
Callups make for packed clubhouse; Wolf ready for surgery
CHICAGO -- Nomar Garciaparra was activated after almost three weeks on the disabled list with a strained calf muscle, which still is not fully healed and will initially limit his use to pinch-hitting.
"With a runner in scoring position and it's the difference in the game is the way he'll be used," said manager Grady Little, "until he's able to run full speed, and we're not sure when that will be."
Garciaparra said Tuesday was the first day he was able to run without pain, but that doesn't mean he's healed. He said he will be particularly careful coming out of the batter's box. He tried to play last year with a quad strain that was aggravated when he would accelerate coming out of the batter's box.
"One false step could get me back to square one," he said. "There's still something there. I just have to be smart about it."
He said he was optimistic it would heal enough for him to return to full action before the season ends.
Callups arrive: Previously announced callups reported and made for a very crowded Wrigley Field clubhouse. They are Tony Abreu, Eric Hull, Eric Stults, Wilson Valdez and Delwyn Young. Valdez had to be added to the 40-man roster, and room was cleared by placing pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo on the 60-day disabled list.
That's a procedural move, because Kuo already has missed more than 60 days, so he could be reactivated if his elbow heals in time. That elbow, however, came up sore after throwing off a mound over the weekend for the first time since a July operation, and a second mound session for Tuesday was scratched. The club is still hopeful to see him in a game.
Wolf prepped for surgery: Disabled pitcher Randy Wolf is scheduled to undergo exploratory shoulder surgery Wednesday at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Center. Dr. Lewis Yocum, with Dr. Neal ElAttrache assisting, will perform the operation, and he'll be busy with his arthroscope, as Oakland third baseman Eric Chavez is also scheduled for shoulder surgery Wednesday.
Tomko a Padre: Brett Tomko cleared waivers, was released and immediately signed with his hometown San Diego Padres, where he played in 2002. Tomko said six clubs were interested in signing him, and it came down to the Padres and Rockies. The Dodgers are responsible for all of his 2007 salary of $4.1 million, except for roughly $70,000, which San Diego will pay. Plus, the Dodgers must pay a $1 million buyout of his option next year.
"It wasn't fun, but it turned out for the best," said Tomko, who will not be eligible for the postseason.
Proctor's twinge: Something you don't see every day, but seem to be seeing a lot when Scott Proctor is on the mound, is a pitcher doubling over in pain on one pitch and throwing a 94-mph fastball with the next pitch.
The Dodgers reliever knows it looks strange, as it did during Monday's game, when trainer Stan Conte raced out to the mound, only to be shouted back into the dugout by Proctor, who insisted on continuing and finished off a scoreless inning.
Here's Proctor's explanation:
"It's something mechanical with my shoulder. Sometimes with fatigue, my arm gets tired and it slows down and can't catch up with my body, and I feel it. But it's not something like an injury. It doesn't happen early in the year, when you're at full arm strength. But if I'm hurt, I won't be in the game. It's late in the season, and it's time to do what you've got to do. It's nothing, really."
Boomer in bullpen: Suspended pitcher David Wells threw a bullpen session Tuesday. He is scheduled to start in San Francisco on Saturday after he finishes serving a seven-game suspension for arguing with an umpire while with San Diego. Wells spent extra time with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt working out of the stretch and trying to find ways to eliminate the effect of a strained quad muscle on his delivery.
Doublin' Delwyn: Callup Young tied the modern Pacific Coast League record with 54 doubles this year. Tulsa's Walt Williams set the mark in 1966. Single-season Minor League records are a double-edged sword. It means the player had a very good season, but not good enough to spend much time in the Major Leagues.
Hu's an All-Star: Callup shortstop Chin-Lung Hu was named to the Southern League All-Star team for the second consecutive season, even though he spent only half of this season at Jacksonville before his promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. He hit .329 at Jacksonville this year compared to .254 last year. Hu has been on a postseason All-Star team four consecutive seasons.
Racing scratch: Brad Penny and Luis Gonzalez still own race horses independently, but Penny said a report that he and Gonzalez would partner with singer Toby Keith to purchase additional horses is not true.
Coming up: Stults (1-2, 4.23), filling in for the suspended Wells, opposes former Dodgers farmhand Ted Lilly (13-7, 3.89) in the third game of a four-game set with the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.