Dodgers seeking middle-infield help

Dodgers seeking middle-infield help

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre telephoned shortstop Nomar Garciaparra on Tuesday with news he was going on the disabled list, but Garciaparra had other ideas.

Garciaparra believes his twisted left knee, suffered Sunday, is not severe and is healing quickly. He took batting practice Tuesday and thinks he can be back in a few days, so management held off on the disabled list.

Nonetheless, general manager Ned Colletti said he continues to shop for an acquisition that can play both middle-infield positions, even if he isn't considered a front-line starter. Players like the Astros' Mark Loretta and the Royals' Mark Grudzielanek are among rumored candidates.

"We're not oblivious to our shortstop situation," said Colletti. "Rafael Furcal [back surgery] is still a few weeks away, at least. If we can find somebody to stabilize and give us insurance, that's the type of player we're looking for."

Colletti said he also seeks pitching help, most likely in the bullpen, although two years ago he acquired Greg Maddux for the stretch run and the Dodgers and Padres have talked again this month. The addition of a starter like Maddux, who has said he would approve a return to the Dodgers, could send a starter (perhaps Brad Penny) to the bullpen.

The Dodgers were not major players in talks for Atlanta first baseman Mark Teixeira, who was traded to the Angels on Tuesday.

"We never really had interest in Teixeira because we like our first baseman," Torre said, referring to James Loney.

A trade for Teixeira presumably would have cost the Dodgers Loney plus a pitching prospect in return. Teixeira will be a free agent after this season.

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