According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Adrian Beltre is day-to-day after leaving this afternoon’s game against the Tigers with a left hamstring strain. Beltre suffered the injury while legging out a double in the top of the second inning.
Beltre missed five weeks with a left hamstring injury last season, so while the early word is that it’s not serious, the Rangers will likely proceed with caution over the next few days. Alberto Gonzalez replaced him in the lineup this afternoon, but Michael Young could fill in at the hot corner in the short-term.
Beltre is off to a strong start at the plate this season, batting .304 (17-for-56) with two homers, four doubles, seven RBI and an .826 OPS over 14 games. The 33-year-old third baseman batted .296/.331/.561 with 32 homers, 105 RBI and an .892 OPS last year.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.