Matsui disabled for second time in '08

Matsui lands on disabled list

HOUSTON -- The Astros placed second baseman Kazuo Matsui on the disabled list Tuesday and recalled infielder David Newhan from Triple-A Round Rock.

Matsui left Sunday's game at Tampa Bay due to a strained right hamstring. He suffered the injury during his at-bat in the sixth inning while facing Rays lefty Scott Kazmir.

"He is DL'd officially," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. "David Newhan will take his spot."

Cooper said he didn't have a timetable for Matsui's return. Matsui underwent treatment on Tuesday.

"It's at least a couple of weeks," Cooper said. "We don't know [how long] yet."

For Matsui, who is batting .271 in 57 games, it is his second stint on the DL since the Astros signed the free agent during the offseason. He missed the first 16 games of the season.

Mark Loretta took Matsui's place at second base and in the second spot in the order Tuesday night against Texas.

Jim Molony is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.