Rangers’ third baseman Adrian Beltre could start the season on the disabled list, according to Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Beltre was not cleared to play during the Rangers-Royals exhibition game on Saturday and his status remains questionable as he continues to rehab a calf injury. He’ll be reevaluated after his workout on Saturday.
The injury has kept Beltre sidelined through much of the spring. He initially sustained a Grade 1 strain in his left calf muscle toward the beginning of camp, but was able to recover in time to compete with Team Dominica during the World Baseball Classic. Upon his return to Cactus League play in late March, he aggravated his right calf muscle and has yet to return to the field.
Should the veteran infielder start the season on the disabled list, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News points out that the Rangers can backdate his time on the DL so that he can rejoin the team as early as April 9. In the meantime, Joey Gallo and Jurickson Profar give the Rangers two viable third base options. No official decision has been announced by the club yet.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets will place outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Cespedes left Thursday’s game after suffering the injury running the bases.
Things keep going poorly for the Mets, who are in last place in the NL East with an 8-13 record. Cespedes will join a lengthy list of names in the infirmary, including David Wright, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and Noah Syndergaard.
Cespedes is batting a very productive .270/.373/.619 with six home runs and 10 RBI through his first 75 plate appearances.
With Cespedes out, Michael Conforto should be cemented as an everyday player and Juan Lagares will handle center field with Granderson moving back to right field and Jay Bruce covering first base.