10/06/06 10:12 PM ET
Notes: Two injuries hinder LA
Nomar tears left quad; Beimel's injury disappoints teammates
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
While trying to leg out an infield single in Game 2 on Thursday night, Garciaparra partially tore his left quad muscle, which he had previously strained. He will try to be Kirk Gibson for the rest of this postseason, however, since he is unable to run -- let alone start -- Garciaparra will likely be limited to selective pinch-hitting duties. Teammates and club officials issued words of appreciation for his unselfish efforts.
"The guy has worked hard since the first day he was here," general manager Ned Colletti said, "and to have an injury at this point in time, I'm sure he's fit to be tied."
Garciaparra, who has been nursing three injuries for the past month, had an MRI on Friday that revealed the tear. Little said it was a longshot that the veteran could play the field again this year.
"If I tear it completely, the only way to repair [it] is surgically," Garciaparra said. "I knew the risk of playing with the strain. The past two weeks, I didn't run all-out; I knew I couldn't. But last night, that extra effort to make sure I was safe is what got me. It's instinct and you can't control it."
Statements from the Dodgers about Beimel -- which had been withheld since he slashed his finger on the eve of the National League Division Series after he gave a dubious explanation -- came out in a rare angry wave on Friday once the lefty reliever admitted that he not only suffered his injury in a New York bar, but he also lied to management about it.
Fellow reliever Brett Tomko said publicly what most Dodgers have been seething about privately, saying Beimel let his teammates down.
"He was too worried about going out and doing what he wanted to do instead of being focused on what we had to do," said Tomko. "Unfortunately, [his injury came] at a time when he was a big part of the puzzle with a heavy left-handed team, and he's our left-handed matchup guy. He's got to deal with what he did and the consequences.
"I'm not happy about it, and I'm sure a lot of people are not happy about it. It comes down to respect for your teammates and realizing what's on the line. We've worked very hard to get to the playoffs. There's plenty of time to go out and have fun. But there's an appropriate time, too. He'll have to deal with this next year when it's time to get a job. It's a question of character, when all is said and done."
Even Garciaparra, known for painstaking avoidance of uttering anything controversial, addressed Beimel.
"He's going to have to deal with it," said Garciaparra. "We're all responsible for ourselves at this level."
Beimel originally told the club that he cut his hand on broken glass in his hotel bathroom, but later confirmed various reports that it happened at a bar around 2:30 ET on Tuesday morning. Manager Grady Little said a midnight curfew is club policy. He said knowing now that Beimel wasn't honest initially "adds to the disappointment of the whole situation."
"He broke curfew," said Little, "and he broke a glass. Everyone knows what's at stake this time of year. It's all about personal responsibility. Period. It's a situation where the individual showed very little."
Beimel, who did not attend Friday's workout at Dodger Stadium, underwent plastic surgery to close the wound on Thursday. Colletti spoke to Beimel and said he was contrite, admitted his mistakes and said he let down the club.
"He also let himself down," said Colletti, who would not say if the incident jeopardizes Beimel's future with the club. He is eligible for salary arbitration next year.
"Not one of us hasn't made mistakes, and he was man enough to call me," Colletti said. "I'm glad he chose to come clean and not continue to leave doubt in people's minds."
Who bats third? Little didn't have an answer when asked who will bat in Garciaparra's spot in the order for Game 3 on Saturday, "narrowing" down the options to Wilson Betemit, J.D. Drew, Jeff Kent, Marlon Anderson and even James Loney -- Garciaparra's rookie replacement at first base.
Little said he will keep Kenny Lofton in center field, despite his 0-for-8 output with four strikeouts in the first two games of the series.
"He just had a bad couple of days and they came at an inopportune time for the club," said Little. "It happens to everybody. It can turn real quickly."
Lofton is 12-for-25 lifetime against Mets starter Steve Trachsel, while Anderson is 12-for-33 with a homer, Betemit is 1-for-1, Drew is 6-for-25 with a homer and Kent is 6-for-28.
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Little said he might use relievers Jonathan Broxton and/or Takashi Saito for two innings each in Game 3, if needed.
The Dodgers have been a good team that's had a lot of trouble beating better teams. Including the first two games of this series, they are 8-28 against teams that reached the playoffs.
Collins bids farewell: Former farm director Terry Collins, who signed a three-year contract Thursday to manage the Orix Buffaloes in Japan, was on the field during the off-day workout.
"It's an exciting experience, a chance to make a difference," said Collins, who managed the Astros and the Angels. "I look forward to getting back on the field."
Collins said Bobby Valentine's success managing in Japan "set a precedent for everybody." Collins will probably triple his income, as well.
"He did a great job here," Colletti said. "A lot of what we see here with the young players has his stamp on it."
Trivial pursuit: Lefty Hong-Chih Kuo, whose lone regular-season victory came against the Mets last month, set a record for fewest career wins at the time of a postseason start. The previous record was two, by Gary Waslewski when he started Game 6 of the 1967 World Series for the Red Sox, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.