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Smith lands on DL with hamstring strain

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BOSTON -- After coming up lame in the middle of a rundown on Thursday night against the Yankees, Mallex Smith became the eighth Ray to hit the disabled list. The speedy outfielder landed on the 10-day list Friday with a right hamstring strain.

Outfielder Shane Peterson was selected from Triple-A Durham to take Smith's place, and the club transferred pitcher Brad Boxberger (right flexor strain) to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster.

BOSTON -- After coming up lame in the middle of a rundown on Thursday night against the Yankees, Mallex Smith became the eighth Ray to hit the disabled list. The speedy outfielder landed on the 10-day list Friday with a right hamstring strain.

Outfielder Shane Peterson was selected from Triple-A Durham to take Smith's place, and the club transferred pitcher Brad Boxberger (right flexor strain) to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster.

"[Putting Smith on the DL] made the most sense, simply because speed is such a big factor of his game," Cash said. "For Box, to the 60-day was just not the way that any of us drew it up in Spring Training. Just the injuries kind of kept coming… it makes the most sense because he wasn't going to back any time before that anyway."

Video: TOR@TB: Smith rips leadoff double in the 11th

Smith, who was with the team in Boston on Friday, said there were no issues with the injury overnight, there was no pain in the leg, and he is confident he can return once his stint on the disabled list expires.

"It'll probably be a few more days, so if that's the case I'll just be safe with it, be smart about it so I can rehab it all the way up to more than good enough, then take it from there," Smith said. "I feel real good about it. I woke up and there wasn't really much pain, just tightness more than anything."

In bringing up Peterson, the Rays added another left-handed bat as well as someone capable of playing all three outfield positions. Cash also lauded Peterson's performance in Spring Training, when he hit .250 with three home runs and eight RBIs.

Video: TB@MIN: Peterson extends lead with two-run dinger

"You don't ever want to see anyone go down, but you like to have a guy that has some history playing in the big leagues, and Shane has that," Cash said. "And, he did a good job for us in Spring Training. He had a nice showing."

For Peterson, who was in the lineup at DH, Friday marked his first big league action since October 4, 2015, with Milwaukee. He crashed on the scene in a big way, hitting a two-run homer off starter Rick Porcello in the second to account for the Rays' first two runs.

Video: TB@BOS: Peterson opens scoring with two-run homer

It was Peterson's first Major League game at Fenway, though he is not unfamiliar with the grounds. Peterson took batting practice there while with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2007.

"It was definitely nerve-wracking coming up here, feeling like you're in front of a lot of scouts and front office people. You're trying to make a name for yourself, and you're trying to have the best BP of your life," Peterson said. "It's exciting, definitely a historic ballpark and I'm looking forward to being back in the big leagues."

Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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