08/12/08 10:16 PM ET
Nomar returns, but Andruw put on DL
Garciaparra starts at shortstop; Jones out with left knee trouble
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Garciaparra started at shortstop Tuesday night after being sidelined with a sprained left knee since July 28. Manager Joe Torre had the six-time All-Star batting sixth with slumping catcher Russell Martin dropped to seventh in the lineup Tuesday night against Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels.
To make room for Garciaparra, the Dodgers placed Jones on the 15-day disabled list with what was announced as patellar tendinitis of his left knee. That is not the knee that underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage and put Jones on the disabled list from May 25 to July 4.
There was no explanation how Jones suffered the injury, but it probably wasn't in a game, because Jones hasn't been in many lately. In the 10 games since Manny Ramirez was acquired, Jones started only twice.
Torre said it was hoped that Jones would be healthy enough by the start of next week to begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas, accompanied by roving hitting instructor Jeff Pentland. Essentially, that will be the resumption of a rehab assignment cut short when Jones volunteered to return early from his knee surgery when Juan Pierre was injured.
Torre conceded, in hindsight, that Jones rushing back "could have been" a mistake.
"We were in a weakened position with Juan going down," said Torre. "He texted me and I just caved in. In retrospect, we should have left him."
Torre said he "confronted" Jones about a report that the outfielder hurdled the temporary restraining fence in center field during batting practice Monday.
"He said he either had to run into it or jump over it," said Torre. "I assume he landed on the leg that wasn't hurting him."
Jones is hitting .161 on the season with three homers and 14 RBIs and 74 strikeouts in 205 at-bats and most recently is 1-for-16. Since returning from the first knee injury, he his hitting .153.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.