SAN FRANCISCO, June 24 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers placed veteran first baseman Fred McGriff on the 15-day disabled list Monday, retroactive to June 14, with a right groin injury.
It is the first time McGriff has gone to the DL in his 18 major league seasons.
"It's the right thing to do from the team standpoint," said McGriff, who tried to play over the weekend. "This will let me back off for a day or two and really let it heal."
McGriff, who has 488 career homers, missed the last eight games with the ailment. He is eligible to return on Sunday.
In his first season as the Dodgers' regular first baseman, McGriff, 39, is batting .242 with 10 homers and 35 RBI in 63 games.
To take his roster spot, the Dodgers recalled first baseman Larry Barnes from Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League. Barnes was hitting .278 with 13 homers and 54 RBI in 61 games with the 51's.