"I mean, right now, it's just tired," Williams said. "Just tired. It feels like I have a heavy arm. Like my arm's a thousand pounds. Besides that it's pretty good."
He added that this type of injury has happened to him before and it usually takes a couple of days of rest to feel better.
Williams stroked a one-out single off Detroit's Justin Verlander in the bottom of the fifth. He stayed in the game after the dive, trotting home on Brett Gardner's two-run homer, but was replaced in center field by Chris Young in the top of the sixth inning.
"I haven't had it in a while," Williams said. "Like I said, after a few days I'm back to normal."
The 23-year-old Williams, rated as the organization's No. 26 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, is 6-for-21 (.286) with one homer and three RBIs in his first eight Major League games. The Yankees already have center fielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Slade Heathcott on the disabled list.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.