DiSarcina Sees Wrist Specialist
Angel shortstop Gary DiSarcina’s diagnosis remained unchanged after seeing Dr. Norman Zemel, a hand and wrist specialist, Wednesday. DiSarcina suffered a deep bone bruise in his left wrist Monday when he tumbled into a photographers’ well chasing a foul pop fly.
DiSarcina’s wrist was still swollen Wednesday, but he expects to be out only three to seven days. But if the pain persists the next few days he will be re-examined.
“My grip is 100% better,” said DiSarcina, who had elbow surgery during the offseason. “Yesterday I couldn’t grip a chair or a bat.
“I didn’t think much about it when it first happened. As the inning went on, it stiffened a little bit and I knew something was wrong. I got treatment on it after the game and iced it a couple times that night.
“As a player, you learn to play with discomfort and deal with it. You learn the difference in the pain and I could tell this was something more.”
Still, DiSarcina wouldn’t do anything different. Given the chance, he would again lunge over the rail after Scott Hatteberg’s pop up.
“What if I didn’t and he hit a home run on the next pitch?” DiSarcina said. “I would have a sick feeling in my stomach.”
With DiSarcina out, Terry Collins said he would alternate Carlos Garcia and Craig Shipley at shortstop.
“They were both standing there yesterday and I said, ‘You’re in there today and you’re in there tomorrow,’ ” Collins said. “It gives me a chance to get them both some time at shortstop.
“The best guys you can have on the bench are veterans who know what the job is and how to prepare themselves.”
Collins needs that now that he is missing the bottom third of his every-day lineup--Catcher Todd Greene (shoulder), second baseman Randy Velarde (elbow) and DiSarcina.
Garcia is an eight-year veteran and Shipley is a 10-year veteran.
“Every time I come to the ball park, I expect to play,” Garcia said. “If I get to the clubhouse and don’t see my name in the lineup, at least I was ready.
“‘Right now I’m getting a chance. It gives me more confidence and gives the manager more trust in me.”
Velarde and Greene will both work out at Anaheim Stadium while the Angels go on a six-game road trip. Collins said they will be sent to Arizona for an extended spring when the team returns.
Former UCLA standout Troy Glaus, the Angels’ 1997 first round draft pick, hit two more home runs for double-A Midland Tuesday, giving him seven in six games.
Warning to evil doers: There is a member of the Disney-hired Edison Field security force in the press box with binoculars and a head set who radios the location of potential trouble makers in the stands.