ARLINGTON -- Rangers center fielder Julio Borbon was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday after straining his left hamstring tracking down a fly ball in the seventh inning on Friday. An MRI exam on Saturday revealed a hamstring inflammation.
Texas purchased the contract of veteran outfielder Endy Chavez to take Borbon's place on the Rangers' 25-man roster. Chavez, 33, was batting .305 (39-for-128) with eight doubles, two triples, two homers, and 17 RBIs in 30 games for the Round Rock Express. He has played primarily center field at Triple-A, but also saw time in left and right.
Borbon, who reported after the game that he's felt some tightness in his hamstring the past few days, said he felt a slight pull as he took a few steps when he broke for the ball hit by Angels catcher Hank Conger in the seventh inning. He said he didn't go full speed for the ball, trying to avoid a pop in the hamstring and a more significant injury.
The Rangers now have all three of their Opening Day outfielders on the DL -- Borbon, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. Hamilton and Cruz both could return in the next week to 10 days.
Chavez will be seeing his first big league action since suffering a season-ending right knee injury with Seattle on June 19, 2009. He played only eight games in the Minors last season as he returned from the injury, batting .387 (12-for-31) across three levels. He was in camp with the Rangers this spring, batting .270 (10-37) with three doubles and one RBI in 22 games.
The Rangers also announced that they transferred pitcher Brandon Webb to the 60-day DL. Webb opened the season on the 15-day DL as he continues to return from right rotator cuff surgery. His time on the 60-day DL is retroactive to Opening Day, meaning he is eligible to be activated on May 30.