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Astros put Brocail on DL, activate Erstad

Right-hander on shelf with strain in throwing shoulder

By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com

Friday, August 7, 2009 6:45 PM CT

Doug Brocail walked three batters and yielded a homer on Friday night. HOUSTON -- Astros right-hander Doug Brocail landed on the disabled list for the third time this season and 15th time in his career Friday, this time with a right shoulder strain. Darin Erstad, an infielder/outfielder, was activated from the disabled list.

Brocail, 42, missed 18 games early in the season with a rotator cuff strain and was out for 75 games from May 4-July 29 with a left hamstring strain. He had appeared in only three games since coming off the disabled list in July.

"I'm worried about him," general manager Ed Wade said. "I think it's atypical for Doug to come in and say he's got something wrong, and talking to him earlier this afternoon he indicated he can't get his arm back. The way he portrayed it to me is, 'If I can't get my arm back, I can't get my arm up and I can't get my arm forward.'

"He's had a lot of issues and certainly knows about his own shoulder and wasn't feeling good where he was Wednesday."

When he went on the disabled list in May with the hamstring injury, Brocail opted against season-ending surgery in an attempt to rejoin the team for the final two months of the season.

"It's discouraging, because he worked so hard to get back to this point to rehab," Wade said. "He knew if he had surgery he was going to miss the entire season, and to go through what he went through to be activated shows the character of the man. To have the shoulder injury is really unfortunate."

Brocail is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in only 10 games this season after appearing in a career-high 72 games last year.

Erstad, on the disabled list since July 19 with a left hamstring strain, was in the starting lineup Friday against the Brewers at first base. He's hitting .185 in 73 games, but hit .360 in the 18 games before going on the disabled list.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.