Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been diagnosed with a grade 1 hamstring strain to his left hamstring. This is the same injury that landed him on the disabled list three weeks ago, and it is expected to need a 2-3 week recovery time. Beltre has been placed on the disabled list, with Hanser Alberto being called up to take his place.
The 39 year old Beltre has been battling leg issues for seemingly his entire time in Texas, though its sidelined him more often over the past two seasons. The beat guys had quotes from Beltre where he seemed to acknowledge that he may need to DH more often going forward, and spend less time playing in the field. With Shin-Soo Choo playing almost exclusively DH right now, that could make juggling the lineup challenging for Jeff Banister once Beltre returns.
In the meantime, Isiah Kiner-Falefa will take over at third base for Beltre, and Alberto will be the utility infielder. Once Beltre returns, the Rangers could opt to keep Alberto up, with IKF going back to AAA to play every day and get more reps behind the plate at catcher.