The Angels have placed third baseman Yunel Escobar on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 14, with a strained left hamstring. According to the Los Angeles Times’ Pedro Moura, Escobar is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
Escobar suffered a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring in Saturday’s game against the Tigers. Manager Mike Scioscia initially labeled it as a cramp, so it’s possible Escobar will only miss the low end of the 2-4 weeks.
In the meantime, the Angels have promoted Jefry Marte from Triple-A. He and Luis Valbuena, and possibly even Cliff Pennington, should get most of the action at third base in Escobar’s absence. C.J. Cron will get the bulk of the at-bats at first base.
Escobar, 34, has been handling leadoff duties for the Halos and currently sports a .272/.324/.411 slash line with five home runs, 17 RBI, 22 runs, and seven doubles. Ben Revere batted leadoff against Justin Verlander on Sunday, and Kole Calhoun was in the one-hole Monday night against White Sox righty Mike Pelfrey.