Well, it looks as though thanks to Adrian Beltre’s hamstring injury from last night’s game will get us more time with Chris Davis in the Major Leagues. Now, I’m not saying that I’m happy Beltre hurt his hamstring because I would choose Beltre over Davis any day; however, I lIke Davis and I know many of you do as well.
Beltre was placed on the 15-day disabled list today due to a Grade I strain to his left hamstring. Thankfully, this is the lowest level of severity when it comes to strains so that’s a good thing at least.
The injury came in last night’s game when he was running to third after Michael Young hit a double in the fifth inning. Just before making it to the sack, Beltre began to slow down and grab his hamstring. You saw it as soon as it happened if you were watching the game – and you knew exactly what had happened. He was immediately taken out of the game. Currently, he is expected to miss somewhere between two and three weeks. He’ll be eligible to come off the DL come August 7.
Chris Davis will join the Rangers lineup tonight batting eighth and will be playing in Beltre’s position at third. And while Michael Young is the team’s primary DH, which the position at which he obtains most of his at-bats, he has stated that he is ready to take third base if needed. Prior to Beltre’s five-year signing in the offseason, third base was Young’s playing position.
Beltre will be missed as he is leading the team, and comes in second in the American League, with a whopping 76 RBIs. He hits the ball when needed and hits it hard majority of the time. His bat and defense (as he is freaking awesome with his glove) will be missed, but Chris Davis should fill in pretty nicely having 66 RBIs and a .368 batting average at AAA Round Rock.
I’m pretty certain the Rangers will be alright without Beltre especially since this should be a pretty short stint on the DL.