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Astros’ Caminiti Out of Hospital

March 31, 1999

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) _ Houston Astros third baseman Ken Caminiti left a hospital on Tuesday after treatment for an acute sinus infection and appears headed for the disabled list.

Caminiti, 35, was admitted to Osceola Regional Hospital on Monday, and his infection was treated intravenously. Before the sinus problem, Caminiti struggled with the flu.

He has played in only 12 of the Astros’ 25 spring games and has just 28 at-bats. Manager Larry Dierker and general manager Gerry Hunsicker are concerned he might not be ready.

If the team decides to put Caminiti on the disabled list, he couldn’t be activated before an April 10 game against Milwaukee.

``I don’t think we’re looking at something that appears to be a long-term problem,″ Hunsicker said. ``But I think we’re running out of time to get him ready. Starting him on the disabled list is a distinct possibility. We’re going to evaluate the situation and probably make a decision by Friday.″

Bill Spiers would replace Caminiti at third base while the former NL MVP is on the DL.

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