Infielder Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Good news: The Rangers’ bats provided some badly needed offense Tuesday night in Boston.
Bad news: Adrian Beltre is limping. Again.
Watching the game Monday night at Fenway I noticed Beltre kind of dragging his leg while trotting to the dugout. But, then again, after all his leg issues, doesn’t he always have a gimpy gait?
But in last night’s 10-7 win – exactly what the doctor ordered – the All-Star third baseman left the game in the 6th inning with the dreaded tightness in his left quadriceps. Playing DH because of the tightness, he was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI before leaving for pinch-hitter Jim Adduci. Beltre was left on base in the 6th and struggled, even more than usual, in getting to the dugout and navigating the steps. Not good.
Beltre, who has yearly history of leg problems, is now headed back to Arlington to be examined by Dr. Keith Meister. He battled the same injury off and on during spring training.
His absence would be poisonous for Texas’ lineup, but his long-term absence might just be fatal.
It’s smart that Beltre tonight is in Texas and not in the lineup.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.