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Nomar headed back to DL

Nomar headed back to DL

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are expected to place Nomar Garciaparra on the disabled list Saturday and recall third baseman Blake DeWitt to replace him.

Garciaparra suffered a strained left calf muscle when he made a quick movement going for Scott Podsednik's double inside third base in the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 8-7 win over the Rockies on Friday. Garciaparra had returned only nine days earlier from a broken hand.

Garciaparra's injury, with all other infielders already used, forced the Dodgers to move All-Star catcher Russell Martin to make his Major League debut at third base. DeWitt, who inherited the starting third base job because of injuries to Garciaparra, Andy LaRoche and Tony Abreu, had been optioned to Las Vegas on Thursday so the Dodgers could add 12th pitcher Cory Wade.

Earlier in Friday night's game, center fielder Andruw Jones was removed with a bruised left calf muscle, suffered when he fouled a pitch off the calf during a third-inning at-bat. Jones was listed as day to day. He was replaced by Matt Kemp, who had two hits and scored the winning run on Martin's sacrifice fly.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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