Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring. Grade 1 is the least serious category of strains, but the Rangers expect him to miss two to three weeks with the injury. Chris Davis has been called up from Triple-A Round Rock to take Beltre’s place on the roster.
Beltre’s bat in the middle of the lineup and his glove at the proverbial hot corner will be missed. He is batting .276 with 20 home runs and his 76 RBIs lead the Rangers in that category. Beltre also leads all Major League third baseman with 277 total chances and 78 putouts.
The Rangers will likely use a combination of Davis and Michael Young at third base during Beltre’s absence. Davis, not surprisingly, has crushed the ball down in Triple-A to the tune of 24 home runs and 66 RBIs with a .368 average. Davis has never had a problem hitting minor league pitching; however, upon reaching the big leagues, he seems to struggle quite often. We will see if this is finally the time that Davis can carryover his minor league success up to Arlington.
Davis will be in the lineup tonight playing third base against the Toronto Blue Jays. He will be facing Jays starter Carlos Villanueva (5-2, 3.31) while the Rangers will counter with Matt Harrison (8-7, 2.91). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM CT with coverage on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 ESPN radio.