ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The Houston Astros placed left-hander Mike Hampton on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a left groin strain.

It’s the 12th time in his 15-year career that Hampton has been on the DL. He is 4-5 with a 4.70 ERA in 12 starts for the Astros this season.

Brandon Backe will take Hampton’s start on Thursday against the Texas Rangers. The Astros recalled left-hander Wesley Wright from Triple-A Round Rock to take Hampton’s roster spot.


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