Astros pitcher out with recurring groin muscle injury

HOUSTON -- Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt was placed on the
15-day disabled list Wednesday for the third time this season after
suffering a recurring groin muscle injury.

Oswalt left Tuesday night's 6-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves
in the third inning. After giving up four hits in the first two
innings, Oswalt threw only two pitches in the third inning, leaving
after Atlanta pitcher Russ Ortiz homered on a 1-0 count to tie the
score at 1.

Pitcher Dan Miceli, acquired from the New York Yankees earlier
Tuesday, will take Oswalt's spot on the Houston roster, general
manager Gerry Hunsicker said.

Oswalt, 25, considered the ace of the Astros' pitching staff, is
a disappointing 6-5 this season in 17 starts. He's 39-17 with a
2.97 ERA in 80 major league appearances since 2001, 71 of them as a starter.

He first went on the 15-day disabled list with the groin muscle
strain May 16, then returned to the list June 12, a day after he
aggravated the injury against the Yankees in the Astros' historic
six-pitcher no-hitter -- a game he started.

Oswalt went back into the rotation July 7. Tuesday night in Atlanta was his fifth start since.

Houston becomes Miceli's fourth team this season. He is 1-3 with
a 4.02 ERA in 34 games with Colorado, Cleveland and the Yankees.