Houston Astros right fielder Richard Hidalgo was shot in the left forearm during a carjacking in Venezuela on Thursday night, according to a Houston Chronicle report.

Chris Leible, who works for Hidalgo's agent, told the paper that the Houston player was shot around 9 p.m. on Thursday night.

Hidalgo left hospital on Friday and is recovering at his Venezuela home.

"He's doing OK," said Leible. "He was waiting for a friend outside in his truck, and he basically got carjacked."

The 27-year-old Astros outfielder is expected to return to Houston on Sunday for more medical tests.

"He's going to get checked out further, but there's no ligament damage. No broken bones," Leible said.

New York Mets free-agent third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo, who also hails from Venezuela, said he spoke with Hidalgo after the shooting.

"Nothing too bad happened," Alfonzo told the Chronicle.

"I don't know if they knew him, but it's something you can't change in our country."

Hidalgo had a breakout season in 2000, smacking 44 homers, 122 RBIs with a .314 batting average.

He has struggled and been plagued by nagging injuries since signing a four-year, $32 million US contract.

The six-year player hit .235 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs through 114 games last season. He missed the final six weeks of the season due to a strained hip.

with files from The Associated Press