Cabrera placed on DL; Beckham recalled

Cabrera placed on DL; Beckham recalled

ST. PETERSBURG -- One day after feeling extreme pain running down the third-base line, Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.

Cabrera was removed from Saturday's game in the second inning after pulling up on his way home on Rene Rivera's two-run single. Shortly after crossing home plate, he collapsed near the Rays' on-deck circle, grabbing at his leg, and eventually limped off into the clubhouse where team doctor's checked on him.

Rivera plates pair, Cabrera hurt

"Before I get to third, I do a big jump to get the base," said Cabrera following the Rays' 3-0 victory over the Astros. "And that's when I feel it. ... I feel like somebody shoot me. At that moment, I feel really bad."

Jake Elmore moved from left field to fill in at short following Cabrera's departure, and he started there in Sunday's series finale against the Astros.

The decision to place Cabrera, who is batting .223 this season in 86 games and has the second-highest fielding percentage (.993) for shortstops in the Major Leagues -- trailing Baltimore's J.J. Hardy -- came after he underwent an MRI on Sunday.

Infielder Tim Beckham, who made the trek to Tropicana Field this morning from Triple-A Durham, where he played nine innings Saturday, arrived in the Rays' clubhouse around 10:30 a.m. and was recalled from Durham shortly after.

In 37 games with the Rays this season, Beckham has batted .213 with five home runs and 16 RBIs.

Troy Provost-Heron is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.