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Erstad sidelined for at least a month

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Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Anaheim Angels infielder Darin Erstad , who was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list is now expected to be out at least a month with a strained right hamstring. A MRI revealed that Erstad sustained two significant strains in his right hamstring when he injured himself in the third inning of a 7-2 triumph over Tampa Bay on Saturday. The injury occurred when Erstad was trying to score from second base.

Erstad finished 0-for-2 and had his 14-game hitting streak snapped.

Last season Erstad experienced tendinitis in his lower right hamstring and was limited to 67 games -- the fewest since he joined the Angels in 1996. He had two separate stints on the disabled list and batted a career low .252.

In 30 games this season, Erstad is batting .264 with 20 RBI and four steals.

Meanwhile,

the team called up Casey Kotchman to take Erstad's spot. Kotchman, A 2001 first-round pick was called up directly from the Arkansas Travelers and was batting .368 with three home runs with 18 RBI in 28 games.

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