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Sheffield placed on 15-day DL

Updated: July 26, 2009, 12:46 AM ET
Associated Press

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

The Mets placed Sheffield on the 15-day DL and recalled left-hander Jonathon 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 ...

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