Garciaparra reinjures left knee, leaves in fifth inning

PITTSBURGH -- Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra reinjured his left knee while attempting to score from second on a two-out single in the fifth inning of Wednesday night's game against the Pirates.

Garciaparra, running hard on the play, was about halfway between third and home when he realized the outfield throw was probably going to beat him and he attempted to reverse direction. He then fell to the turf and could not get back up and was tagged out by catcher Ryan Doumit to end the inning.

"It looked like he tried to stop himself and his spike got caught in the turf," manager Joe Torre. "But he's all right, it's probably going to be sore for a couple of days. He's moving around all right. He seemed pretty upbeat about it."

Garciaparra remained on the ground for several minutes before he walked back to the dugout without assistance. He was replaced in the bottom of the inning by James Loney.

The former Boston Red Sox shortstop has played in only 50 games this season. He has been on the disabled list three times with a broken right hand, a strained left calf and left knee irritation caused by a sprained ligament.

"It was already strained and sore before," Garciaparra said. "I could have sprained it again, but I don't know how bad it is."

The 35-year-old Garciaparra has had injury problems for years and was limited to 81 games with Boston in 2004 and 62 with the Chicago Cubs in 2005. He has not played in more than 122 games in any of his three seasons with Los Angeles.

The Dodgers lost 15-8, only their third defeat in 17 games.