Originally created 08/25/04

Garciaparra back in lineup



CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Nomar Garciaparra was back in the starting lineup Tuesday night against Milwaukee after missing three straight games because of a strained left wrist.

Garciaparra took batting practice Monday but Cubs manager Dusty Baker didn't want to start him against Ben Sheets.

"He swung pretty good yesterday and we thought it would be better if he waited today against a guy throwing a little slower than Sheets," said Baker.

Chris Capuano started for the Brewers on Tuesday night.

Garciaparra, acquired from Boston on July 31, said he strained his wrist in batting practice Friday in Houston.

In 2001, Garciaparra played just 21 games after surgery on his right wrist. He missed the first 57 games of this season with a sore right Achilles' tendon and said that his tendon "checked out well" at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Monday.