Adrian Beltre has been battling calf problems since February. He initially suffered a Grade 1 strain in his left calf early in spring training and missed two weeks. Beltre then suffered a right calf issue at the end of March. He’s been sidelined ever since and was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain in his right calf following an MRI on Tuesday.
According to TR Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are going to be “more conservative” this time around, and Beltre will be “out for some time.” Beltre was expected to be back this week, but re-injured his calf while running on Saturday. It’s safe to assume Beltre will be starting from ground zero in his rehab and may miss the rest of April.
Joey Gallo has been handling third base in Beltre’s absence and will continue to do so for the immediate future. Gallo has opened the season 4-for-23 at the plate with two home runs and seven RBI, while striking out 10 times and drawing four walks. He remains an all-or-nothing hitter with big power and a massive whiff rate.