Nomar placed on DL

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers placed first baseman Nomar Garciaparra on the 15-day disabled list Monday and recalled James Loney from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The 21-year-old Loney was in the lineup Tuesday night against Atlanta, batting fifth and playing first.

The 32-year-old Garciaparra, signed as a free agent during the offseason, was injured while swinging in his first-at-bat Sunday in the Dodgers’ exhibition finale against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. When Garciaparra returns he will be playing first base for the first time, having been a shortstop most of his career.

“I believe it’s only going to be a two-week thing,” Garciaparra said. “Let’s get this right so we can put this behind us.”

Garciaparra said he wasn’t discouraged, but added: “Disappointed and frustrated. No question. There is never a good time. There’s a time when you can be a little more cautious. This is the time.”

Looney has performed impressively the past few springs with the Dodgers.

“I feel great, man,” he said. “I saw I was in the five-hole. That’s cool. This has been a dream for who knows how long.”

Weather permitting, Loney was scheduled to face Braves ace John Smoltz for the first time. Before meeting with reporters, he spent time watching video of Smoltz.

AP-ES-04-04-06 2032EDT

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