Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre felt renewed soreness in his right calf on Saturday while trying to run. As a result, he underwent an MRI on Tuesday and won’t be activated from the disabled list as expected.
Beltre, 38, suffered a Grade 1 strain of his right calf early in spring training and it has been bothering him ever since.
Joey Gallo has been handling third base in Beltre’s absence. He’s cranked out a pair of homers and has yet to commit an error in 54 defensive innings at the hot corner.
According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.
Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.
Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.