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.

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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.

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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