He'll be activated 'when he's 100 percent ready'

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra will test his ailing right Achilles tendon on Tuesday before the team decides if he can make his 2004 debut against the San Diego Padres.

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said Monday that he was not ready to activate the All-Star shortstop from the disabled list.

"He worked out today and everything went fine. We have nothing to announce at this time," Epstein said in a conference call to
discuss the team's draft choices. "We're very, very close. But
we're not there yet."

Garciaparra had just eight spring training at-bats -- and no hits
-- when he fouled a ball off his right heel on March 17. Although
the team initially expected him back for opening day, he did not
return to the field until last week, when he began a rehab
assignment in Triple A.

He was 5-for-12 for Pawtucket in five games against Louisville and Toledo, homering in his last at-bat on Saturday. Epstein noted that 20 at-bats is not a lot to get a player ready after the

Garciaparra was scheduled to meet with the team's doctors on
Monday, an off day for the Red Sox.

"We're just going to see how he feels tomorrow," Epstein said. "It's not necessarily going to happen tomorrow. It's going to be
when he's 100 percent ready."

The two-time AL batting champ and five-time All-Star is making $11.5 million in the final year of his contract. Last offseason,
the Red Sox tried to obtain shortstop Alex Rodriguez from Texas for
Manny Ramirez, a deal that probably would have led them to trade
Garciaparra to open a spot for Rodriguez.