Sheffield Headed To DL

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HOUSTON (AP) - Gary Sheffield is headed to the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, adding to the rash of injuries that has wrecked the New York Mets' season.

The Mets placed Sheffield on the 15-day DL and recalled left-hander Jonathan Niese from Triple-A Buffalo to start Saturday night against Houston.

Niese was set to pitch in place of Fernando Nieve, one of 10 Mets on the disabled list. Nieve tore a muscle in his right thigh Sunday while trying to beat out a grounder in Atlanta.

Two days before that, Sheffield got hurt while chasing Yunel Escobar's double. He was placed on the DL retroactive July 18.

The 40-year-old Sheffield leads the team with 10 homers and is batting .286 with 36 RBIs in 75 games. He was signed just before the start of the season after getting cut by Detroit.