Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will miss at least two weeks with a sprained left thumb, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Beltre suffered the injury sliding into second base attempting to break up a double play on a Mitch Moreland ground ball.
Beltre hadn’t been his usual self at the plate over the first two months of the season, batting .251/.289/.404 with six home runs and 16 RBI in 218 plate appearances entering Sunday’s game. In his absence, Adam Rosales could see playing time at third base, though Wilson suggests the Rangers could call up Rougned Odor from Triple-A Round Rock.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that reliever Dellin Betances will begin the regular season on the injured list due to inflammation and impingement in his right shoulder, the YES Network’s Jack Curry reports. Curry adds that Betances will try throwing again in three to five days.
Betances, who turns 31 years old later this month, has allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings this spring. He has experienced diminished fastball velocity, which is now explained by his injury. The right-hander is coming off of another excellent season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA with 115 strikeouts and 26 walks across 66 2/3 innings.
Fortunately, the Yankees have more than enough depth in the bullpen to withstand Betances’ absence. Aroldis Chapman, Adam Ottavino, and Zach Britton will handle the late innings and Betances will slot back in whenever he is healthy.