Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre May Be Out Indefinitely

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 23: Adrian Beltre
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 23: Adrian Beltre /

The Texas Rangers are to once again be without their veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre. Suffering another hamstring in the series finale against Houston, he’s going to miss time at Texas’ most crucial moment. A big blow to the Rangers.

The injury diagnosis a Grade 2 strain in his left hamstring. He’s expected to miss four weeks. Furthermore, there are four weeks left of the regular season, which means that Beltre may not play baseball until next year unless the Rangers slip into the playoffs.

Beltre missed the first two months of this season with a leg injury. A very tough break for him starting this season injured and finishing it the same way. In Texas’ first 51 games with Beltre, their record was 25-26. Many are beginning to fear that the 38-year-old’s aging body may be starting to give out. Beltre’s been in the league for 20 years.

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This season, he’s only appeared in 80 games, which is his lowest since 2009 when he appeared in 111 games. However, his career-low in games played is 77, which was in his rookie year back in 1998 and it’s the first time since his rookie season he’s appeared in less than 100 games.

Due to Beltre’s injury, Rangers manager Jeff Banister has decided to name Joey Gallo as the team’s full-time third baseman. Gallo has spent the entire season on the main roster. When the season started he was only expected to be in Arlington while Beltre was nursing his injury and was expected to be sent to the minors as soon as Beltre was cleared to return. That didn’t happen. The Rangers kept him in Arlington and it’s worked out quite well. With Beltre injured, the opportunity for Gallo to play and improve comes knocking on the door and the Rangers quickly answer it. In any case, Gallo needs to make the most of his opportunity.

The loss of Beltre is a hard pill to swallow. However, the Rangers need to get over it and focus on the rest of their season. Whether or not they have a shot of making the playoffs, there’s no reason for this club to tank. In any case, the Rangers need to keep their heads up. Beltre would not be happy if they gave up due to him not being available. If anything he’d want his teammates to move on.