Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre came up limping after attempting to field a ground ball from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the bottom of the seventh inning of Monday’s game at Tropicana Field. Beltre was helped leaving the field by a trainer and was later diagnosed with a strained left hamstring, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Beltre will undergo an MRI on Friday.
Beltre, 38, went 0-for-2 with a walk before exiting Thursday’s 5-1 loss to the Astros. On the season, he’s hitting .315/.393/.553 with 16 home runs and 66 RBI in 341 plate appearances.
Assuming Beltre will need to go on the disabled list, the Rangers will likely play Joey Gallo at third base. Gallo was recently activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list.
The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.
Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.
As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.