Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre came up limping after attempting to field a ground ball from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the bottom of the seventh inning of Monday’s game at Tropicana Field. Beltre was helped leaving the field by a trainer and was later diagnosed with a strained left hamstring, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Beltre will undergo an MRI on Friday.
Beltre, 38, went 0-for-2 with a walk before exiting Thursday’s 5-1 loss to the Astros. On the season, he’s hitting .315/.393/.553 with 16 home runs and 66 RBI in 341 plate appearances.
Assuming Beltre will need to go on the disabled list, the Rangers will likely play Joey Gallo at third base. Gallo was recently activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow, on a rehab assignment as he works his way back from elbow and forearm issues, suffered a setback and has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports.
Morrow, 35, hasn’t pitched since July 15, 2018. The right-hander inked a two-year, $21 million contract with the Cubs in December 2017 but has been unable to stay healthy. When he did pitch last year, he was excellent, limiting the opposition to five runs on 24 hits and nine walks with 31 strikeouts and 22 saves in 30 2/3 innings.
Morrow is likely done as a Cub. He has a vesting option for 2020 worth $12 million. The details aren’t publicly available but it presumably won’t vest. The Cubs can instead buy him out for $3 million, making him a free agent.