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Could starting OF be on DL at same time?

5/14/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- That certainly looks probable. Julio Borbon left Friday's game with a strained left hamstring and the Rangers wasted little time in pulling Endy Chavez from Triple-A Round Rock's lineup to be sure he would be available for tonight's game if needed.

And hamstring strains usually mean a trip to the disabled list. Borbon, though, said after the game that he thought it was a "slight pull." He will have an MRI today to determine the severity of the injury and the club will figure out what to do from there. If Borbon does go on the DL, it would mean the entire starting outfield on Opening Day would be on the DL.

"As soon as I broke to the ball and took the first couple of steps, I felt a slight pull," said Borbon, who added the hamstring was a little tight the past few days. "Even though it was something I knew wasn't going to allow me to go full speed, I kept drifting and dragging my leg and I didn't want to go where it would pop. I would say it was a slight pull right now.

Borbon was 0-for-3 on Friday with three strikeouts but had a 10-game hitting streak coming in and was hitting .353 (12-for-34) in that span. He was batting leadoff for the second game (third if you count the rain-shortened postponement on Wednesday) after manager Ron Washington decided to alter the lineup.

Borbon is just the latest in a string of injuries. A reminder:

* Josh Hamilton is out with a hairline fracture in a bone in his upper right arm

* Nelson Cruz is on DL with strained right quad

* Darren O'Day is on the 60-day DL with a partial tear of the labrum in his left hip

* Tommy Hunter has a Grade I right groin strain and had to stop playing catch on Friday. It will be at least a few weeks before he's back on a mound.

* Scott Feldman (knee) makes a rehab start tonight as he tries to come back and help the pitching staff.