MIAMI -- Rich Hill, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday because of a sore left elbow, was examined Monday and diagnosed with a strained flexor muscle.
"He felt a little stiffness,'' said manager Bobby Valentine. "But it's not in the ligament (repaired during Tommy John surgery last June), luckily.''
Still, this will sideline Hill for a period of time.
"I bet it's more than a couple of weeks,'' said Valentine. ''I bet it's a month or more.''
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.