Notes: Nomar stays on active roster

Notes: Nomar stays on active roster

CHICAGO -- Nomar Garciaparra apparently convinced the Chicago Cubs that he isn't a candidate for the disabled list again and remained on the active roster Wednesday.

Garciaparra, who has been bothered by back spasms, took grounders at short and batting practice before the Cubs' game against the Atlanta Braves, and was moving easily. He met with Cubs manager Dusty Baker, general manager Jim Hendry and athletic trainer Mark O'Neal after batting practice. Shortstop Ronny Cedeno had been called up from Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday in case Garciaparra couldn't go, and also took batting practice.

Garciaparra was not in the Cubs' starting lineup Wednesday but was available to pinch-hit. Did he have to convince the Cubs brass to keep him off the DL?

"No, we were just chatting," Garciaparra said of his conversation with Baker, Hendry and O'Neal. "I was upfront and honest and told them how I feel and how I looked today -- they saw that. We'll go from there."

The Cubs have an off-day Thursday, and Garciaparra is expected to be in the lineup Friday when the team opens a three-game series against the Florida Marlins.

"I felt better today," he said. "I felt a little better yesterday. I rested and did nothing yesterday, which is good. Today, I got a workout in and it's like, 'OK, let's see how it recovers from working pretty hard out there.' I'm available for whatever [Baker] needs today."

Garciaparra has spent more time on the disabled list than the active roster. He played 14 games in April before being sidelined with a ruptured tendon in his groin, and has played 14 games in August since being activated on Aug. 5. He wasn't looking forward to going back on the DL.

"Nobody wants to [go on the DL]. I know I don't want to," Garciaparra said. "I'm upfront going, 'What can I do?' I also don't want to hurt the team, either. What percentage am I? What can I give you out there? I'm not foolish, either, and won't say, just to avoid the DL, 'I'll play at 50 percent.' They know that and that's what we've been chatting about. We're trying to make the best decision possible."

Garciaparra started on Sunday in Colorado but back spasms forced him out of the lineup Monday and Tuesday. He said it was tough to get out of bed on Monday.

"Good thing we have a day off [Thursday]," he said.

Staying put: As far as Baker is concerned, he has some unfinished business to do and isn't about to leave the Cubs early. Could he end his career here?

"Possibly," he said Wednesday. "It depends on if we achieve our goal or not. That's a long time off to me. There are some things I need and want to accomplish."

Baker said he's not going to let anyone run him out of town. He's heard his critics.

"It's no secret -- there are some people who don't want me here," Baker said. "There's '' -- that's a pretty good indicator, don't you think?"

He has never received that kind of negative feedback as a manager.

"I'm still here," he said. "I plan on being here."

Souvenir: Cubs pitcher Jerome Williams has a lot of personal items in his locker, such as a lucky bamboo plant and a jade dragon, but one thing he tossed was the puka shell necklace that his late mother gave him. He tossed it after a bad start.

"I threw it away," Williams said. "I decided to try something new. I told my dad. He was surprised but he said, 'If that's what you need to do, OK.'"

Williams' father, Glenn, watched his son's stellar performance on Tuesday night against Atlanta, seeing his son firsthand for the first time since undergoing kidney and liver transplant surgery in February.

What did the Williams men do to celebrate after the game?

"I'm tired -- he talked my ear off," Jerome said.

Extra bases: Rich Hill will likely be one of the Minor League players called up to the big leagues when rosters expand on Sept. 1. "He still does some things that you can get away with in the Minor Leagues but you can't get away with here," Baker said of the lefty. "He has to work on locating his fastball, hopefully get it to sink, and work on his changeup. When he came here, he only had two pitches." ... The Cubs haven't finalized the list of players they will call up. "You want to call up guys who deserve it, and you want to call up guys who you feel can help you at the same time," Baker said. ... Get well soon wishes to Wild Bill Holden, who was inspired by Ron Santo's life story and walked from Arizona to Chicago to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Holden recently underwent knee replacement surgery on both knees.

Minor matters: Bobby Brownlie gave up five runs on nine hits over five innings in Triple-A Iowa's 7-2 loss to Memphis on Tuesday. Richard Lewis was 2-for-4. ... Ryan O'Malley gave up one run on four hits over six innings in Double-A West Tenn's 3-2 loss to Mississippi. Adam Greenberg was 0-for-2 with a walk in his second game since rejoining the Diamond Jaxx. First baseman Brandon Sing was named Player of the Month for July in the Southern League. ... Three Class A Daytona pitchers combined to shut out Palm Beach, 9-0. Randy Wells gave up two hits over seven innings and struck out six. Scott Moore was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Carlos Rojas was 4-for-5. ... Donald Veal gave up one run on five hits over 4 1/3 innings in Class A Boise's 4-2 win over Vancouver. Jon Mota was 2-for-4.

On deck: After an off-day Thursday, the Cubs resume play on Friday against the Florida Marlins. The Cubs are 4-2 against the Fish so far this season. Glendon Rusch (5-6, 4.21 ERA) will make his third start since rejoining the rotation against rookie lefty Jason Vargas (4-1, 2.43 ERA).

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.