Albert Pujols will be back for the Los Angeles Angels tonight, but the Rangers will be missing two of their biggest offensive weapons. Josh Hamilton is out with the same blurry vision and problems that forced him to leave yesterday’s game in the third inning. For Adrian Beltre, it is intestinal problems that is forcing him out. Apparently it is an issue that has hindered him for a few days and is probably the reason he was not in the field yesterday.
The Rangers are hopeful, but not optimistic that they will be able to play in tomorrow’s game. Tonight, Michael Young will play third base and Craig Gentry will be playing in center field. Mike Napoli will be the designated hitter with Geovany Soto returning behind the plate as catcher.
This is obviously not what the Rangers need facing a tough opponent with another tough opponent chasing them. There has been some differing opinions with who is the Rangers’ offensive leader from fans between Hamilton and Beltre. Tonight, both of them are out of the lineup and any team would be hard pressed to win a game without their top two offensive weapons. It does not appear serious for either, but injuries like this could be more serious than they let on as well. Blurry vision and a sinus headache is just one thing, but if it is lasting this long, who knows what the real cause could be.
For now, the Rangers must press on, and the depth that they have will allow them to be competitive in the short term. In the long term, well, the Rangers can hope it doesn’t get to that point.