Moises Alou likely will miss the rest of the season because of a torn left hamstring, a setback that could mean the end of the New York Mets outfielder's 17-year career.
Moises Alou likely will miss the rest of the season because of a torn left hamstring, a setback that could mean the end of the New York Mets outfielder’s 17-year career.
Trying to rehab a lingering strained left calf, the oft-injured Alou left Wednesday’s game for Class AA Binghamton because of cramping in his hamstring. Doctors in New York discovered the tear Thursday.
“He’s going to be out for a very long time,” Mets general manager Omar Minaya said.
Minaya said surgery was recommended, but added the 42-year-old Alou would make the final decision.
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Alou missed the first month of this season after hernia surgery. He has played only one game in the majors since May 22 because of the calf problem.
Always a solid hitter when healthy, Alou is batting .347 in 49 at-bats this season. He has not played 100 games in a season in the majors since 2005, for San Francisco.
Alou is a career .303 hitter with 332 home runs and 1,287 runs batted in.
Arizona: OF Justin Upton likely will be sidelined through the All-Star break with a strained oblique muscle.
Chicago: Texas Christian RHP Andrew Cashner, the Cubs’ first-round draft pick, signed for a $1.54 million bonus. He will be assigned to Boise of the Northwest League.
Cincinnati: MRI results on RHP Aaron Harang showed only a strain of his right forearm, but he’s expected to go on the disabled list.
Colorado: OF Matt Holliday will replace injured Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano in the NL starting lineup for Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
Houston: RHP Oscar Villarreal (1-3, 5.02 ERA) was waived after rejecting an assignment to AAA Round Rock.
Milwaukee: OF Corey Hart was elected to the NL All-Star team by fans in Internet balloting. … 1B Prince Fielder picked up an extra hit, thanks to a scoring change in Tuesday’s game.
New York: RHP John Maine had a rough start against the Giants. He faced 21 batters and went to a full count on 10 of them, walking five.
Philadelphia: Gregg Dobbs’ pinch hit gave him 18 this season. That’s the most by a Phillies player since the appropriately named Dave Philley had 18 in 1958.
Pittsburgh: A crowd of 39,081, the third-largest since PNC Park opened in 2001, saw the Pirates beat the Yankees. The Pirates went 2-1 against New York, their first victories against the Yankees since the 1960 World Series.
St. Louis: LHP Mark Mulder was placed on the DL with a shoulder strain, one day after he left his first start in 10 months after facing only three batters.
San Francisco: LHP Barry Zito got a no-decision against the Mets. He avoided becoming the first pitcher to lose 13 times before the All-Star break since Detroit’s Jeremy Bonderman and Mike Maroth in 2003.
Washington: INF Aaron Boone (strained calf) became the 15th Nationals player to go on the DL this season. Four opening-day starters are already there: 3B Ryan Zimmerman, 1B Nick Johnson and OFs Lastings Milledge and Elijah Dukes.
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