Hong-Chih Kuo is off the playoff roster for the NLDS. He was tested for circulation problems after he experienced numbness in his fingers warming up last night, and will head to Arizona to pitch in the instructional league in case the Dodgers need him later on.
Also off the roster and headed to Arizona to work out are Chin-lung Hu, Jason Repko and Ramon Troncoso. The Dodgers are also sending Eric Stults to Mexico to play winter ball for Mazatlan, which is managed by Class AAA Las Vegas manager Lorenzo Bundy.
Nomar gets full managerial duties today, including pitching changes and the right to insert himself and Mark Sweeney as pinch hitters. He said he is legitimately nervous about managing and spent the previous night writing up three lineups.
"Right below them are all the cliches I worked on," Garciaparra said, presumably joking.
Garciaparra already made his first move before the game, scratching Rafael Furcal for an undisclosed reason.