Last night Adrian Beltre left the Rangers-Astros game with a strained hamstring after he came up limping on an attempt to field a ground ball. Today he had an MRI and we now know how bad the damage is. Pretty bad: the Rangers just announced that he has a Grade 2 strain, which will put him out of action for a minimum of four weeks.
There are just over four weeks left in the regular season, of course, so unless the Rangers make up the four games separating them from the Twins for the second Wild Card spot — and leapfrog multiple other teams while they’re at it — his season is over. Heck, even if they make the playoffs, it’d be hard to imagine the 38-year-old Beltre making it back in time.
If his season is over, it ends with him hitting .315/.393/.553 with 16 home runs and 66 RBI in 341 plate appearances.
Major League Baseball announced today that the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska next year to open the festivities for the College World Series.
The game will be played on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha two days before the first game of the Series. It will be televised nationally by ESPN. TD Ameritrade Park has a seating capacity of 24,000, with the ability to expand to 35,000 spectators. Which, um, probably means this will be one of the larger crowds for the Royals next year if the club’s current trajectory continues.
This will be the fourth small-park, special occasion regular season game for Major League Baseball in recent years. hIn July 2016 the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for service members. Last August the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals played in the inaugural Little League Classic, which took place at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. There will be a second Little League Classic in Williamsport this August between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.