With a double to lead off the top of the second inning during Thursday afternoon’s game against the Athletics, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre passed Rod Carew for the most career hits by a Latin-born player. The double was Beltre’s 3,054th of his career. Beltre, of course, was born in the Dominican Republic. Carew was born in Panama.
Beltre is now in sole possession of 25th place on baseball’s all-time hits list. His next hit will tie him with Rickey Henderson in 24th plate. Craig Biggio will be Beltre’s next target after that, at 3,060.
Beltre, who turns 39 years old on Saturday, had struggled to begin the year, entering Thursday’s action batting .192 in 26 at-bats. He’s coming off of an impressive 2017 in which he hit .312 with a .915 OPS.
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.
Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.
Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.