ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre has a Grade 1 strain in his left hamstring and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, the Rangers announced on Saturday. A Grade 1 strain is the least severe, and Rangers physician Dr. Keith Meister estimated that Beltre will be ready to return in two to three weeks. Beltre injured the hamstring running from first to third on a double by Michael Young during the fifth inning of the Rangers' 12-2 win over the Blue Jays on Friday. In the meantime, the Rangers will definitely feel the absence of a player who had appeared in every single game this season.
"You don't replace your RBI leader," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He's gotten a ton of big hits for us. The guys that are in the lineup, I just want them to perfrom to what they're capable of doing. I don't want them thinking they have to step up. I just want them to continue to be mentally tough." To replace Beltre's spot on the roster, Texas recalled Chris Davis from Triple-A Round Rock. That is part of the replacement plan for Beltre, as Davis and Young will share third-base duties. Washington did not say it would be an even split, and it appears that Davis will have the first shot at holding down the hot corner. "Just whatever I feel like doing," Washington said. Davis said he is comfortable playing third base, and that he played there extensively for Round Rock. "I feel pretty comfortable over there," Davis said. "I played a couple games in the outfield, but for the most part I was playing third down there pretty much every day. To be honest with you, I'm probably more comfortable at third than I am at first right now, just because I've been playing there more." Young moved up from fifth to the fourth spot in the lineup, followed by Nelson Cruz and David Murphy. "Today, I've got [Young] hitting fourth; you don't know what it's going to be tomorrow," Washington said. "Before I switched he and Adrian, I had him at fourth. I don't want to move [Josh] Hamilton out of the third slot, because he's been doing great for us in that first inning." Davis is batting eighth in the lineup.
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.