OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Nomar Garciaparra is back on the Oakland Athletics’ disabled list with the same calf injury that already sidelined him for three weeks.

The A’s activated Garciaparra from his first DL stint Friday only to see him start two games at first base against the Arizona Diamondbacks then go back on the disabled list Wednesday. Garciaparra went 3-for-9 with a home run in those games. The move is retroactive to Sunday.

Garciaparra, who turns 36 on July 23, is on the DL for the 14th time in his career and fifth in two seasons. He missed 90 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season and needed three DL stints with injuries to his right hand, left calf and left knee.

Garciaparra will stay in the Bay Area to rehab during the team’s upcoming seven-game road trip to Texas and Chicago and could play in some minor league games.

“We left it up to how he feels,” Geren said.

Oakland recalled right-handed reliever Jeff Gray from Triple-A Sacramento to fill the roster spot. Gray was also with the A’s from May 9-13 and made one appearance.

With Garciaparra shelved again, outfielder Travis Buck is getting some groundball work at first base in case he’s needed there. Buck also played some third during college at Arizona State.

Grieving Schoeneweis visits teammates

PHOENIX (AP) – Grieving Arizona pitcher Scott Schoeneweis visited Chase Field on Wednesday for the first time since the death last week of his wife, Gabrielle.

Schoeneweis played catch and lifted weights before the Diamondbacks’ game against the San Diego Padres, manager A.J. Hinch said.

Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes said the commissioner’s office granted the team permission to place Schoeneweis on the restricted list after his seven-day stint on the bereavement list expired. Byrnes said the club requested 30 days on the restricted list but added the length of Schoeneweis’ absence from the team was uncertain.

Schoeneweis and his wife celebrated their 10th anniversary in January and had three children together. Gabrielle Schoeneweis also had a daughter before she married the reliever.

Authorities have not determined a cause of death for Gabrielle Schoeneweis, 39, who was found dead in the couple’s home in suburban Fountain Hills.

Gagne signs with independent club

QUEBEC (AP) – Pitcher Eric Gagne is coming back to pitch in his home province.

The former NL Cy Young Award winner has accepted a deal with the Quebec Capitales of the independent Can-Am League.

A reliever throughout most of his major league career, Gagne will pitch as a starter for the independent league team, the club said Wednesday.

The 33-year-old native of Mascouche has a 33-26 major league record with 187 saves, winning the Cy Young in 2003.

He made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1999.

and has also pitched for Texas, Boston and Milwaukee, which released him from a minor league contract on March 8.


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