Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake announced on Tuesday that third baseman Adrian Beltre has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. The club purchased the contract of infielder Hanser Alberto from Triple-A Round Rock.
Beltre, 39, aggravated his hamstring during Sunday’s game against the Astros. This is already Beltre’s second DL stint of the season, as he missed time between April 25 and May 27 with a strained left hamstring.
When he has been healthy enough to be in the lineup, Beltre has been productive, batting .314/.375/.422 with a home run and 12 RBI in 120 plate appearances. Alberto and Isiah Kiner-Falefa should handle third base while Beltre is absent.
The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.
Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.
While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.