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03/31/2004  5:39 PM ET
Red Sox announce roster moves
Garciaparra, Nixon, Kim, Garcia placed on 15-day DL
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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox today placed shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, outfielder Trot Nixon, righthander Byung-Hyun Kim and righthander Reynaldo Garcia on the 15-day Disabled List retroactive to March 26. The club also returned left-handed pitcher Frank Brooks to the Pittsburgh Pirates per Rule 5 guidelines. Additionally, infielder Terry Shumpert asked for and received his unconditional release. Senior Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the announcement from the club's Spring Training home in Fort Myers, FL.

Garciaparra, who has right Achilles tendinitis, was examined this morning in Fort Myers by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Mark Slovenkai from Baptist Medical Center in Boston. He will immediately begin a three-week program of rest and rehabilitation.

Nixon has a mild disk herniation and Monday began a rehabilitation program at the University of Miami Spine Institute.

Kim, who is recovering from a right shoulder strain, has been sidelined since last pitching in a game on March 10. Garcia underwent a right elbow arthroscopy March 18 in which bone chips were removed from the joint in his right elbow.

With today's roster moves, the Red Sox have 29 players on their active Spring Training roster, including four non-roster invitees. Four other players are on the disabled list.

The Red Sox open the 2004 regular season Sunday night in Baltimore. After four with the Orioles, they make their Fenway Park debut April 9 vs. Toronto.

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