Adrian Beltre was placed on the disabled list over the weekend after suffering a Grade 1 hamstring strain running the bases, but the Rangers third baseman said yesterday that he expects to spend the minimum 15 days on the shelf.
Ron Washington expressed some doubt about Beltre’s ability to return that quickly, telling T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com: “We’re not taking any chances in getting him back here before he is right.”
Beltre noted that he’s a quick healer and teammate Julio Borbon needed three weeks off to rest a similar injury.
He’d been playing well well prior to the strain, hitting .358 with six homers and a 1.168 OPS in July, but his overall OPS in the first year of a five-year, $80 million deal with the Rangers is still 80 points below last season’s mark with the Red Sox.
The first few days of spring training have been pretty quiet. Guys are going about their business and games are being played, but we haven’t had any news or controversy or silliness or anything fun like that. That’s about to change, however, as Tim Tebow has arrived at Mets camp.
Tebow, a non-roster invite, arrived at the Mets facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida this morning and, unlike every other non-roster invite, had a press conference. You may be surprised to learn that he’s in great shape, is excited to get going and wants to improve steadily each day.
The plan for Tebow is to be a part of the minor league camp, not the major league one, so he’s not going to be as visible at workouts as you might expect. He will be playing in some major league spring training games, however, at least until we get deeper into spring training, after which you’d assume that veterans and players with a real shot of making the big club will play longer.
In the meantime, you can buy Tebow shirts. But not Curtis Granderson ones, it seems:
Or, I should say, it’s spring training for whatever automated timer thingie turns the sprinklers on and off.
This was the scene at Goodyear on Saturday as the Indians and Reds played in the bottom of the eighth in their spring training opener. Reds manager Bryan Price says that this was probably the second or third time this has happened in the middle of a game there.
Maybe investigate manually operating that bad boy? Just a suggestion!