Just days after returning from a left hamstring injury, Texas Rangers 3rd baseman Adrian Beltre re-aggrevated the injury and is headed to the DL.
Texas Rangers 3rd baseman Adrian Beltre is officially on the 10-day disabled list. Beltre re-aggravated his left hamstring during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Houston Astros. He has already missed 12 games this season and he will now miss at least 10 more.
Obviously, this is bad news for the Texas Rangers. The team is 16-25 this season, already 9.5 games out of first place in the American League West. They’ve already lost Elvis Andrus to the 60-day DL. With Beltre absent, Texas will now be without their two most consistent bats, and without their customary 3rd and 4th place hitters. Hopefully 10 days is all it will take for Adrian Beltre to return.
The future Hall of Famer is 39 years old. Frankly, wear and tear is expected. Texas Rangers nation grimaces every time Beltre has to leg out a base hit or range for a ground ball. He’s old, but he’s still so good.
Adrian Beltre performed his finest baseball in a Texas Rangers uniform. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely he will be in one for much longer. Reason being, Texas is circling a rebuild. Come August 1st, the 25-man roster could undergo a number of changes. Any Rangers player that is beyond the age of 30 and not under contract for next season will be in the forefront of trade talks. Of course, Adrian Beltre qualifies.
The Texas Rangers want him healthy and on the field to help them win games, but also to impress potential suitors. The perspective seems selfish and it is selfish; however, that’s the business of baseball. A middle of the order, everyday 3rd baseman holds major bargaining power. Not to mention, that middle of the order, everyday 3rd baseman is Adrian Beltre. A guy with an overly impressive resume, including top-notch leadership to match his on-field performance.
Let’s face it, Beltre is among the main trade pieces for the Texas Rangers. Cole Hamels and Elvis Andrus do give him some competition for “most likely to be traded”. No matter how you feel about it, the fan favorites are now up for grabs. That’s where the Texas Rangers are at this point.