Some potentially awful news here for the Rangers.
According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, third baseman Adrian Beltre was lifted in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Indians after feeling discomfort in his left shoulder following a stellar defensive play at the hot corner in the second.
Beltre dove hard to his left on a sharply-stuck grounder from Cleveland batter Russ Canzler, then completed an impressive throw across the diamond to get the out. He remained in the game for the next couple frames but the discomfort only grew and he was eventually replaced by youngster Mike Olt.
Beltre is undergoing an MRI, the results of which probably won’t be available until Thursday morning.
The 33-year-old has a .318/.355/.561 batting line, 32 homers and 92 RBI in 138 games this season. His replacement, Olt, entered play Wednesday with just four hits in 37 major-league plate appearances.
UPDATE, 10:35 PM: And now Olt has left the game with an apparent foot injury, reports Durrett. Ian Kinsler is at third base and Jurickson Profar entered to play second.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.