Adrian Beltre Injury: Updates on Rangers Star's Quad and Return

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVApril 5, 2017

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Updates from Friday, April 25

MLBLineups reports Adrian Beltre has returned to the Rangers' lineup:

Updates from Sunday, April 20

ESPN's Jim Bowden provides a synopsis of Rangers general manager Jon Daniels discussing Adrian Beltre's injury status:


Updates from Sunday, April 13

MLB Roster Moves has the latest on Adrian Beltre:


Updates from Saturday, April 12

Star-Telegram reporter Drew Davison reports that the Rangers are leaning toward putting Beltre on the disabled list:

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the team is leaning towards putting their star third baseman on the DL, going with a more cautious route than aggressive this early in the season.

“It’s a tough thing, you see a game like last night and you’re dying to have his bat in there,” Daniels said. “But the last thing you want is for him to grab onto it again and then he’s down for 2-3 months instead of 2-3 weeks.”


Updates from Thursday, April 10

Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News provides an update from Rangers GM Jon Daniels, who spoke about Adrian Beltre's injury:

It wasn’t as severe as we originally feared. It was a mild Grade 1 strain. We’re going to play it conservatively and give it a few days Then we will make a determination on whether it needs to be a DL move or if Adrian can manage it.


Updates from Wednesday, April 9

The Rangers' official Twitter feed confirmed that Beltre would not be in the lineup on Friday:


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Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre exited Tuesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox after the top of the fourth inning with an apparent left quad injury.    

Beltre, who was serving as the designated hitter, hit an RBI double off the Fenway Park center-field wall in the fourth but came up limping. He played out the remainder of the frame before hobbling back to the dugout and leaving the contest for good, with the Rangers ahead 8-0.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted that Beltre will be replaced by Jim Adduci:

Wilson provided another update after the game:

Beltre, 35, has been dealing with a quad injury since spring training. He sat out at different points in March to give the muscles time to rest, but he has had difficulty staying on the field consistently. It's unknown whether Beltre further aggravated the injury or if Texas was looking for a convenient excuse to rest its ailing slugger.

Manager Ron Washington had already put Beltre in as a DH for the first time all season, and the skipper was likely more comfortable with him sitting as the Rangers opened up a massive lead. Beltre played third base the first seven games of the season. 

It has, however, been a rough start both in the field and at the plate. Beltre already has three errors on the season. Long one of the best defensive third basemen in baseball, he has actually become a borderline net negative at the hot corner since 2013, per FanGraphs.

"He made some errors, but he looks fine to me," Washington told T.R. Sullivan of the Rangers' official website before Tuesday's game. "After we came out of Tampa, it's cold here, so today I'm going to give him a day off his feet. He's going to make errors, but he's fine."

Apr 7, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) is forced out at second base by Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (29) during the eighth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

With one more game at third, Beltre will pass Phillies great Mike Schmidt for the fifth most in MLB history at that spot, per Sullivan. 

While a 2-for-3 day upped Beltre's average to a respectable .286, Beltre hasn't exactly been off to a hot start at the plate. He's yet to hit a home run in 28 at-bats and is slugging just .393—more than 100 points off his 2013 rate. 

Sample sizes are inherently small at this point of the season, so there's no need to fret. But considering his quad has been bothering him for more than a month and Beltre has an extensive history of leg injuries, it's not outlandish to wonder whether he has been affected. 

Josh Wilson, who started at third on Tuesday, stands to gain additional playing time if Beltre needs time off. The Rangers are in Boston for a mid-afternoon first pitch Wednesday before heading back home for a three-day series with the Houston Astros.