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Nomar goes on DL with strained knee ligament

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers placed first baseman
Nomar Garciaparra on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of a
strained ligament in his right knee.

The move was made retroactive to July 25, one day after
Garciaparra was injured trying to make a tag play at second base on
a bloop double by San Diego's Josh Barfield.

Garciaparra, who signed with the Dodgers as a free agent in
December, missed the first three weeks of the season because of a
strained right intercostal muscle. The six-time All-Star and
two-time AL batting champ is hitting .327 with 12 homers and 57
RBI in 79 games. This is the eighth time he had been on the DL in
his 11-year career.

"I think it's the best thing," Garciaparra said. "My knee was
making some progress, but running the bases was the most difficult
thing."

Third baseman Wilson Betemit, acquired by the Dodgers on Friday
from Atlanta in a trade that sent reliever Danys Baez and infielder
Willy Aybar to the Braves, was added to the roster on Sunday.

First baseman James Loney, who was recalled on Saturday as
roster insurance until Betemit arrived in Los Angeles, will remain
on the roster because of Garciaparra's DL status.