HOUSTON (AP) _ The Houston Astros said Friday they will not extend 1998 contracts to third baseman Sean Berry or outfielder Chuck Carr, making both free agents.

Berry, 31, played in 96 games for Houston last season, batting .256 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs.

He was on the disabled list twice, two weeks in April because of a strained groin muscle and 2 1/2 weeks late in the season because of a strained calf muscle. He also had problems with discomfort in his shoulder because of a torn rotator cuff suffered in 1996.

Carr, 29, started last season with Milwaukee before being released in May. He signed a minor league contract with Houston and played in 19 games at Triple-A New Orleans before joining the Astros on June 24.

In 63 games for Houston, which included 48 starts in the outfield, he batted .276 with four home runs and 17 RBIs.