Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Randall Simon was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained left hamstring. The move is retroactive to April 25.
Simon was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Reds in the first inning after aggravating the injury while trying to score from second base. He has been in and out of the lineup since first hurting the hamstring on April 10th against Cincinnati while running out a ground ball.
In 11 contests this season, Simon is batting just .188 with no runs batted in.
Simon returned to the Pirates for the 2004 campaign after signing a one-year contract with the team. The deal also included a club option for 2005.
The 28-year-old Simon played 91 games for Pittsburgh last season before being traded to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Ray Sadler on August 17, 2003. He then participated in 33 regular-season contests for Chicago, finishing the campaign with a combined .276 batting average to go along with 16 homers and 72 RBI.
In other news, the club recalled first baseman Carlos Rivera from Triple-A Nashville.