Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre made an early exit from the first half of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader against the Tigers after suffering a strained left hamstring while running the bases.
The Rangers seem confident that Beltre will avoid the disabled list, but the 33-year-old missed five weeks last season because of hamstring issues and so the Texas medical staff is going to play it safe.
According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Beltre is scheduled to have an MRI on the hamstring Monday to determine the exact severity of the strain. Alberto Gonzalez is starting at third base on Sunday afternoon and Michael Young is likely to see action at the hot corner as well over the next couple of games.
Beltre has posted a .304/.344/.482 slash line, two homers and seven RBI in 61 plate appearances this year.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.