Notes: Garciaparra takes a rest

Notes: Garciaparra takes a rest

CINCINNATI - Nomar Garciaparra needed a rest, Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. But it wasn't for the reasons one might assume.

Garciaparra was not in the starting lineup on Monday, but not because he was mired in a slump which had him batting just .182 with no home runs in his first 11 games of the season.

It also had nothing to do with any aggravation of an Achilles injury which caused Garciaparra to miss 57 games last season.

According to Baker, the Cubs regular shortstop is just feeling a little under the weather.

"He's OK," Baker said. "With this warm spring, and the allergies they have in Pittsburgh and here, he's not been feeling good for about five days in a row. I told him to eat and drink a lot of water to get his strength back."

Garciaparra was 4-for-16 in his last five games, including a single and a sacrifice fly in Sunday's win at Pittsburgh.

"I don't necessarily think it's a good time for a day off," said Baker. "He had a great spring but not a good April. One thing's for sure, this guy's going to hit."

Big Brother's watching: Corey Patterson has hit safely in 10 of the team' first 12 games, but he's not the only Patterson in the Cubs organization that has gotten off to a hot start this season.

Corey's younger brother, Eric, batted .429 with two home runs, one double and a triple in his first 10 games with the Peoria Chiefs. Eric Patterson was 2-for-3 with a solo home run for the Chiefs on Sunday.

The elder Patterson sees some similarities in style between he and his star sibling.

"I think we're comparable," Corey Patterson said. "Yet, we're different. I think there are things he does better than me and there are things I do better than him. I don't think it's fair to compare us. We're two different players."

Corey likes his brother's approach at the plate.

"He's a little more selective than me," he said. "He's maybe a little too selective. If I could have a little bit of his aggressiveness ... sometimes you just have to work with what you've got. I think I have a little more power than he does."

It's now a distinct possibility that both Pattersons could wind up both playing in the Major Leagues at the same time.

"We talk about our baseball careers somewhat," Corey said. "But baseball isn't our whole life. We do talk about one day playing together in the big leagues, but not a lot."

Don't worry about Wood: After allowing seven runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings in his last start, Kerry Wood heard the boos at Wrigley Field for perhaps the first time in his career.

Baker says it's far too early to pass judgment on Wood.

"I'd like to chalk it up to the fact that he didn't have much of a spring," Baker said. "As time goes on, he'll begin to get sharper. He'll be fine. He'll turn those boos to cheers with a couple of good starts. If he hadn't began his career with so much fanfare, he wouldn't be under as much pressure."

Minor matters: Right-hander Bobby Brownlie allowed five earned runs in four innings, but the Iowa Cubs rallied in the ninth inning to defeat Albuquerque, 8-7. Third baseman Scott McClain hit a three-run home run to help lift the Cubs to the win ... Matt Craig went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored to help the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx beat Chattanooga, 7-4 ... The Daytona Cubs scored five runs in the ninth inning, but fell one run short in losing to Vero Beach 10-9 ... Catcher Alan Rick doubled and drove in a pair of runs, but it wasn't enough as Peoria fell to Wisconsin, 10-5.

Up next: Mark Prior opposes young left-hander Brandon Claussen as the Cubs play the finale of their brief two-game series with the Reds at Great American Ball Park. First pitch is set for 6:10 p.m. CT.

Jeff Wallner is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.