Texas Rangers rumors: Adrian Beltre is eligible to be activated from the 10 day disabled list tomorrow, but despite him taking batting practice and doing fielding work today, no decision has been made yet on him, per the beat guys on Twitter.
Beltre, who turned 38 yesterday, was placed on the disabled list due to a calf strain suffered late in spring training. In his absence, Joey Gallo has been starting at third base, and while he hasn’t been great -- he has a .154/.313/.385 slash line in 16 plate appearances — Gallo has looked much better at the plate in this limited stint than he did last year. Gallo holding his own gives the Rangers a little more leeway to give play it safe on activating Beltre.
On the other hand, this is Adrian Beltre, and one tends to think that, if Beltre insists he’s ready to go tomorrow, the team is likely to be deferential to his wishes. Its his 20th year in the majors, he’s a veteran who commands as much respect as any player in the game, and he has a long history of knowing how to manage his leg issues. If he says he’s good to go, I suspect he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow, and Gallo will be heading back to Round Rock.