Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was hoping to begin playing in minor league rehab games by early next week. That won’t be happening now.
According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, the 30-year-old third baseman felt discomfort in his strained left hamstring while trying to run the bases on Saturday afternoon at the Ballpark in Arlington. He’s scheduled to visit a team doctor this evening, so we should all know more about the severity of the setback by Sunday morning.
Beltre has been on the disabled list since July 23. He was batting .276/.318/.505 with 20 home runs and 76 RBI in 421 plate appearances before the injury.
UPDATE, 10:02 PM: Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegramreports that the Rangers are expecting Beltre to miss another three weeks. The third baseman can be ruled out until late August.
Ichiro wore a fake mustache to sneak into the Mariners’ dugout
Ichiro Suzuki is now a Mariners employee and, as such, he’s not allowed to sit in the dugout during a game. That’s for coaches and players only.
He knows that, too. Indeed, on the day Ichiro announced his sorta-retirement, he talked about how it was going to be hard not to be down on the field with the other players. He even made a ridiculous joke about how, “[he] can’t say for certain that maybe [he] won’t put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout.”
In related news, this mysterious stranger was seen by an Associated Press photographer in the Mariners dugout during the first couple of innings of the M’s-Yankees game:
No beard, but I guess that joke was not very ridiculous after all. Either way, by the end of the second inning — poof — he was gone.
Obviously, when something interesting like this happens you mustache an expert for their opinion on the matter. To that end, the Associated Press reached Bobby Valentine, who famously did the same thing after an ejection way back in 1999, for comment:
“He was perfect. I never would have known it was him.”
Valentine was suspended for two games and fined $5,000. I’m assuming Ichiro won’t get hit quite as hard given that he wasn’t defying an umpire’s authority, but even if he does have to pay a fine, he’ll likely do so willingly.