Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is expected to go back on the 10-day disabled list and utilityman Jurickson Profar will be called up from Triple-A Round Rock.
Beltre, 38, left Tuesday’s game against the Mets with a jammed left ankle suffered stepping on first base on a fielder’s choice. The veteran had missed the first two months of the season with a strained right calf. Beltre is currently 48 hits shy of reaching 3,000 for his career, so Rangers fans will unfortunately have to wait a little while longer.
Profar, 24, has spent most of the season with Round Rock. There, he hit .267/.342/.427 with 17 extra-base hits and 20 RBI in 148 plate appearances.
You hear a lot about pitchers tipping pitches. It’s often offered up post-facto as an excuse for poor performance by the pitcher himself or his own team. It’s sort of like the “best shape of my life” thing being offered in the offseason to talk about why the player got injured or played badly the previous year. “Smitty’s stuff is still great, he was just tipping his pitches,” said a source close to the player whose stuff is not really great anymore.
Which isn’t to say that pitchers don’t tip pitches. Of course they do. Opposing teams look for it, pick up on it and take advantage of it whenever they can. It’s just that (a) the opposing team has an interest in not talking about it, lest the pitcher STOP tipping its pitches; and (b) the guy actually tipping his pitches doesn’t want to talk specifically about it lest he starts doing it again.
Which is what makes this article at Sports Illustrated so interesting. In it Tom Verducci talks to an anonymous Houston Astros player who explains how Dodgers starter Yu Darvish was tipping his pitches during the World Series, leading to him getting absolutely shellacked in Games 3 and 7. The upshot: the Astros knew when a slider or a cutter was coming, they waited for it and they teed off.
Darvish is a free agent now. I’m guessing, whoever signs him, knows exactly what they’ll gave him work on the first day of spring training.