ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -The Texas Rangers put outfielder Frank Catalanotto on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after an MRI exam showed a strained tendon in his right biceps.
Texas recalled former New York Mets outfielder Victor Diaz from Triple-A Oklahoma, where he was leading the RedHawks with a .356 average, three home runs and 28 RBIs.
With Sammy Sosa having the day off, Diaz replaced him as the designated hitter, batting fourth against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
The Rangers also recalled right-hander Mike Wood from Oklahoma and optioned right-hander Scott Feldman to the RedHawks. Wood was 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA in 22 innings for the Pacific Coast League team.
Catalanotto, batting just .140 in 18 games, said he felt a ``tearing sensation'' when he made a throw during Sunday's game at Toronto. He hasn't played since, and his assignment was made retroactive to Monday. He is expected to be ready when he's eligible to come off the disabled list May 15.
Texas manager Ron Washington said he put Diaz into Sosa's cleanup role so other players could remain in their accustomed spots in the batting order.
``(Diaz) is not going to keep the bat on his shoulder. If they make a mistake with a pitch, he's going to hit it,'' Washington said.
Washington said the Rangers switched pitchers ``simply because we needed fresh arms.''
``Mike Wood can give us much more length. We're playing these Yankees, and they're not where they are (last in the AL East) because they're not hitting,'' he said.
Feldman pitched both Sunday and Monday, throwing 63 pitches and allowing four earned runs in three innings. Wood last pitched on Saturday.

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