ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers put third baseman Hank Blalock on the 15-day disabled list and designated first baseman Jason Botts for assignment Tuesday.
The move on Blalock, who has a slight tear in his left hamstring, was retroactive to Saturday, a day after he was injured against Minnesota. He's hitting .299 with three home runs and seven RBIs.
Botts, a 27-year-old switch-hitter, made the opening day roster for the first time in nine professional seasons but was batting .158 in 15 games, including nine starts. He had 18 strikeouts in 38 at-bats.
The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release or outright Botts to the minor leagues.
Texas filled the roster spots by bringing up outfielder Brandon Boggs and first baseman Chris Shelton from Triple-A Oklahoma. Boggs hit .309 in 18 games, and Shelton was hitting .354 with three home runs and 18 RBIs.
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