Adrian Beltre diagnosed with Grade 1 quad strain, won’t be placed on DL yet

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Adrian Beltre left Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox with tightness in his right quad and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that an MRI showed a Grade 1 strain.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the diagnosis “wasn’t as severe as initially feared,” so they’ll hold off on placing him on the disabled list for now. Things could change if he doesn’t make progress in a few days.

This decision has ramifications for the roster, as the Rangers will push back Colby Lewis’ season debut in order to keep as many bench players and relievers as possible. Lewis was originally expected to come up from the minors to start Saturday against the Astros, but he’ll now likely get the call on Monday or Tuesday against the Mariners.

Minor League Baseball eclipses 40 million in attendance for 14th consecutive season

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Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.

ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:

Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”

Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.