Team to give away dolls undergoing rehab

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NORWICH, Conn. (AP) – It’s not unusual for a baseball team to promote a game by giving away a bobblehead doll of a popular player. But the minor league Connecticut Defenders have added a twist.

The Double-A team plans a series of giveaways featuring major-league players who have rehabilitated injuries in Norwich.

Each doll has the injured section of his body bandaged.

A Roger Clemens bobblehead will be given to the first 1,000 fans who attend the Defenders’ May 23 game against New Hampshire. The six-time Cy Young winner made a rehab start in Norwich in 2002 while nursing a groin injury. The bobblehead’s bandage will be wrapped around his thigh.

Other bobbleheads will feature Andy Pettitte, David Cone and Bernie Williams.

Pettitte appeared in one game with Norwich in 2002 while rehabbing a strained left elbow. Cone made two starts with Norwich in 1995 while rehabbing from an aneurysm in his right shoulder. Williams played three games here in 1998 when he was rehabbing a sprained right knee.

All four players appeared in Norwich when the team was known as the Navigators, and was the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. The team changed its name to the Defenders after the end of last season and are now associated with the San Fransisco Giants.

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