Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was hoping to begin playing in minor league rehab games by early next week. That won’t be happening now.
According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, the 30-year-old third baseman felt discomfort in his strained left hamstring while trying to run the bases on Saturday afternoon at the Ballpark in Arlington. He’s scheduled to visit a team doctor this evening, so we should all know more about the severity of the setback by Sunday morning.
Beltre has been on the disabled list since July 23. He was batting .276/.318/.505 with 20 home runs and 76 RBI in 421 plate appearances before the injury.
UPDATE, 10:02 PM: Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers are expecting Beltre to miss another three weeks. The third baseman can be ruled out until late August.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.