LOS ANGELES (AP) -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 week.
``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 Dodgers.
``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 Vegas.

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