Rangers 3B Beltre on the DL again with another leg issue
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is on the disabled list again with another leg issue, and is the third Texas starting infielder out with an injury.
“It’s a gut punch,” manager Jeff Banister said. “It doesn’t feel good.”
The Rangers placed Beltre on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained left hamstring. Beltre got hurt in the eighth inning of a 3-2 home loss to Oakland on Tuesday night, when he pulled up limping on his way to first base and then gingerly walked off the field after his 3,075th career hit.
“Conservatively, but yet knowing Adrian, kind of his history and what he’s able to maneuver through, anything’s possible,” Banister said, when asked how long Beltre would be out. “We do know it’s at least a minimum of 10 days.”
It is the fifth time since joining the Rangers in 2011 that the 39-year-old Beltre has gone on the DL because of leg issues. He missed the first 51 games last season because of calf and hamstring problems before becoming the 31st player in MLB history with 3,000 career hits. He then had another DL stint in September.
Beltre, who is in his 21st MLB season, was limited to 94 games last year. That was his fewest games since 77 as rookie with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus is out at least another month after breaking his right elbow when he was hit by a pitch April 12. Second baseman Rougned Odor has been out since April 10 with a left hamstring strain.
Texas recalled outfielder Ryan Rua from Triple-A Round Rock, the second time in eight days he has come back up because of injuries to other players. The Rangers also activated right-hander Doug Fister from the 10-day DL to start the series finale against the A’s on Wednesday night, and optioned reliever Matt Bush to Round Rock.
Fister had been on the DL since April 10 because of a right hip strain.
The entire Rangers starting infield has changed from the lineup that took the field for the season opener less than a month ago.
“It’s unfortunate, especially me being out, Rougie being out. That’s the last thing you want, Adrian being out,” Andrus said. “Tough loss, but we know sooner or later he’s going to be in the lineup.”
When Andrus got hurt, Joey Gallo was shuffled to left field from first base, where rookie Ronald Guzman is starting now. Delino DeShields has returned to center field this week after a broken hand sidelined him for three weeks.
“You know that injuries are part of the game. But you don’t want the main guys going out that way,” Andrus said. “But at the same time, it’s a good time for the young guys to step up. They’re the future of the team.”
Rookie infielder-catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa, called up when Odor went on the DL, was in the lineup at third base on Wednesday night, when infielder-outfielder Drew Robinson started at second base. Kiner-Falefa had started seven games at second base and two at shortstop.
Banister said Kiner-Falefa will be the primary third baseman while Beltre is out. Gallo, who came up in the minor league system as a third baseman, filled that spot for Beltre last season. But this time the Rangers want to stick with the young slugger in left field and at first base.
“Going to continue that with him and not bounce him around,” Banister said
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