Congratulations are in order for Adrian Beltre, who just became the all-time MLB games played leader among natives of the Dominican Republic when he stepped to bat in the top of the first inning Sunday afternoon in Detroit. Beltre has now played in 2,528 games over parts of 18 major league seasons.
Julio Franco, the previous holder of this record, appeared in 2,527 games between 1982-2007.
Beltre, normally one to deflect questions about his accomplishments and growing Hall of Fame resume, opened about this particular mark to columnist Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News …
“I’m proud of it,” Beltre said earlier this week. “I’m accomplishing things I never even thought about. It means I’ve been healthy and able to compete for a long time. … We are proud and we have always been proud of representing the Dominican. [Pedro Martinez’s] speech made me proud. We all grew up playing the game with whatever we had, a baseball, a tennis ball, any kind of ball, a sock even. We find a way to play. I’ve never forgotten that we played just for the fun of it. I try to never forget to have fun.”
Beltre is having a down year, but he hit his 400th career home run earlier this summer and he recently passed 2,700 career hits. Oh, and the Rangers suddenly hold the second American League Wild Card spot.
Glen Perkins was diagnosed Wednesday with a bulging disk in his neck — an injury that had been bothering him for six weeks — but the 32-year-old closer got a cortisone shot and is suddenly looking like a pretty good bet to avoid the disabled list. (He hasn’t appeared in a game since Monday night, when he got knocked around by the Yankees).
Perkins played catch Saturday and threw a bullpen session on Sunday, reporting feeling “great” after each workout. Twins manager Paul Molitor told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Perkins could be available Tuesday night at Tampa Bay, after Monday’s scheduled team off day.
A neck injury derailed Perkins’ 2014 season, so there was some legitimate worry in Minnesota.
And maybe there still should be given the lack of high quality depth in the Twins’ bullpen.
Perkins has a 2.66 ERA and 31 saves in 33 tries this year for the 62-61 Twins, who stand 1 1/2 games back of the second American League Wild Card spot at the beginning of play Sunday.
Drew Stubbs was designated for assignment by the Rockies on August 12. Now, after going 10 days without a trade or a waiver claim, the 30-year-old outfielder can sign on with a new organization.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Stubbs has cleared release waivers and is officially a free agent. Stubbs was batting just .216/.286/.431 in 51 games this season for Colorado, but he has some pop and some speed and can play defensively at any position in the outfield. There should be interest out there for such a low-risk, low-cost signing.
Stubbs slashed .289/.339/.482 with 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 132 games last season as the Rockies’ primary center fielder. He is making a $5.83 million salary this season in his final year of arbitration. (Colorado is on the hook for that).