Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre made an early exit from the first half of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader against the Tigers after suffering a strained left hamstring while running the bases.
The Rangers seem confident that Beltre will avoid the disabled list, but the 33-year-old missed five weeks last season because of hamstring issues and so the Texas medical staff is going to play it safe.
According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Beltre is scheduled to have an MRI on the hamstring Monday to determine the exact severity of the strain. Alberto Gonzalez is starting at third base on Sunday afternoon and Michael Young is likely to see action at the hot corner as well over the next couple of games.
Beltre has posted a .304/.344/.482 slash line, two homers and seven RBI in 61 plate appearances this year.
Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.
Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.
The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.
A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.
Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.
Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.