Adrian Beltre on DL; Chris Davis up

ARLINGTON, Texas – Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a Grade I left hamstring strain. As expected, Chris Davis was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to take his place.

A Grade I is the least severe of the strains. Beltre would be eligible to return on Aug. 7, but that's if he can rehab the injury in the 15-day period. We'll see if it takes longer than that.

Beltre, 32, was running hard to third base in the fifth inning after Michael Young’s double and felt the hamstring grab as he closed in on the bag.

“I just hope it’s not as bad as it felt,” Beltre said after Friday’s 12-2 win over Toronto.

Beltre said the hamstring felt like it was cramping every time he moved it.

The third baseman leads the Rangers with 76 RBIs and is second in the American League in that category. He has 49 extra-base hits, tied for the most in the league and is fifth in total bases at 196. Beltre has 20 home runs, just behind team-leader Nelson Cruz. He is second on the team with a 3.6 WAR and is at or near the lead among third baseman in a number of defensive categories. He leads all third baseman in total chances and putouts and has improved the overall infield defense with his ability to take hits away at third base.

Davis, 25, has blistered the ball in Triple-A Round Rock with a .368 average to go along with 24 homers and 66 RBIs in 48 games played. He has 58 strikeouts and 11 walks and has a 1.229 OPS. In his last 26 games, Davis has hit .400 with 14 homers and 34 RBIs. He has 15 multi-hit games in that stretch. Davis has played third base and left field during his latest stint in the minors. He was taken out in the fifth inning of Friday’s game shortly after Beltre hobbled to the dugout following the injury.

More to come on the website shortly.

You can read about what the impact of losing Beltre might be here.