When Adrian Beltre strained his hamstring over the weekend, it threw a wrench in a Rangers lineup that had been cooking lately.
Beltre was quietly challenging the Red Sox's Adrian Gonzalez for the AL RBI crown with 76 RBIs before he was injured. He'll likely miss two or three weeks.
But the Rangers must plug on without Beltre, their cleanup hitter, and they'll do so with Chris Davis getting another call-up after, once again, absolutely dominating Triple-A baseball.
This season in Triple-A Round Rock, Davis has hit .368 with 24 home runs and 66 RBIs in just 48 games for the Express. Those numbers are eye-popping for sure, but aside from his 80-game rookie season in the bigs, he's struggled mightily when he's had a chance in the majors.
Davis a plus-plus defender at both first and third base, and has began playing left field in Triple-A, not to mention his power potential. He's been tied to trade rumors all season and a nice week here leading up to the July 31 trade deadline would go a long way in pulling some quality arms back, with the plan being to probably plug Michael Young in at third base after the deadline until Beltre's return.
Now's Davis' chance to prove he can do it at the big league level, again.