The New York Yankees placed Carlos Beltran on the 15-day disabled list Friday because a strained left oblique muscle, and they pushed CC Sabathia's next start back three days so he can work on fixing some pitching problems.
The Yankees initially thought Beltran would be able to avoid a long layoff after feeling pain in his side while swinging the bat Tuesday.
"It just puts you in somewhat of a difficult position — if we were to test it and make it worse," Manager Joe Girardi said before the Yankees faced the Tampa Bay Rays.
Beltran was batting .181 on May 1 but has raised his average to .260. He hit his first homer of the year May 10 and now has seven.
The Yankees already are missing starting center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been slow to heal from a knee injury that has kept him on the disabled list since May 20. Ellsbury began a rehab assignment with Class A Tampa on Monday, sat out Tuesday, played Wednesday and sat out again the next two days.
Detroit designated relievers