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The Texas Rangers placed All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring prior to Saturday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Beltre will be out an estimated two to three weeks.

The Rangers recalled infielder Chris Davis from Triple-A Round Rock. Davis and Michael Young will split time at third base, with Davis getting the start there on Saturday.

Young was the club's regular third baseman last season and has four starts at the position this season. In addition, he has 58 starts at DH, 25 at first base and 12 at second.

Beltre left Friday night's game against Toronto after injuring his hamstring while running the bases. Beltre, who leads the Rangers with 76 RBIs, had an MRI on Saturday which revealed a Grade 1 strain.

Beltre is hitting .276 with 20 homers and 29 doubles while playing in each of the Rangers' first 100 games. In addition, he's given the Rangers Gold Glove-caliber defense.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said, "You don't replace your RBI leader and this guy has got tons of big hits for us."

Davis is in his third stint with the Rangers this season, batting .269 with three homers and four RBIs in 21 games. In 48 games with Round Rock, Davis hit .368 with 24 homers and 66 RBIs.

Washington said Davis could also be used at first base and left field.

Davis has been the subject of trade rumors, with the Rangers looking for pitching help, but he said that won't detract from his concentration.

"That's on the back burner right now," he said. "Right now I'm a Texas Ranger and we're trying to win the AL West. That's where my head's gonna stay. ... This is a chance to make my mark in this league and I'm gonna try to take every opportunity to do that."

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