Dodgers place Garciaparra on 15-day DL, recall Hill

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers' postseason hopes
took another hit on Tuesday when third baseman Nomar Garciaparra
was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left
calf muscle.

Garciaparra said the injury has plagued him for more than a

"We all have injuries and you deal with them. It wasn't an easy
decision," said Garciaparra, who is on the DL for the ninth time
in his career and third time in less than two seasons with the

"I was still running hard throughout the week and it wasn't
bothering me too bad, so I was able to get by with it. But it just
got progressively worse," he said. "So before it gets really bad,
I figured let's try to control this and put a stop to it now."

Garciaparra is hitting .280 with six home runs and 57 RBIs in
110 games. He began the season at first base, then was shifted to
third because of a lack of offense at that position and the
emergence of first baseman James Loney.

The Dodgers replaced Garciaparra on the 15-man roster with
left-handed pitcher Eric Hull, who was recalled from Triple-A Las