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Astros’ Hidalgo Placed on DL

August 14, 1999

HOUSTON (AP) _ The Houston Astros placed outfielder Richard Hidalgo on the 15-day disabled list Friday with inflammation of the patella area in his left knee.

Hidalgo has not played since Sunday because of the injury. The move is retroactive to Monday. Houston recalled outfielder Lance Berkman from Triple-A New Orleans to take Hidalgo’s place.

Hidalgo is hitting .227 with 15 home runs and 56 RBIs. He leads the majors with 15 outfield assists.

Berkman is hitting .323 with eight home runs and 49 RBI for New Orleans. He played 12 games for Houston earlier this season, hitting .270, with two homers and seven RBIs.

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