Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers hits a homerun against the Chicago White Sox at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on May 2, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Look, Adrian Beltre could probably roll out in the starting lineup at designated hitter in tonight's series opener against the division rival Mariners, swing the bat and get a couple of hits where he has to hobble around the bases.
But what's the point of that on April 14? There is none.
Beltre is known as one of the toughest guys in the league, and that's been well documented. He's played with a colostomy bag, for goodness sake. He's played numerous games over his three-year stint in Texas with hamstring issues to the point where he knew how to manage it and could play through it. The quadriceps injury is something new, though.
Beltre's move to the DL is retroactive to April 9, so he's already got a week in on his stint. The hope is that by next week he'll be ready to return to the lineup, and another week and a half without Beltre is worth it considering the hope is he'll be healthy for the remainder of the season.