Coming off weak power years in 2014 (19 home runs) and 2015 (18), Adrian Beltre turned in his highest home-run total since 2012 this past season (32), and he drove in his most runs (104) since 2011 -- backed up by his highest flyball rate since 2011. Keeping with his typical second-half power boost, he left the yard 20 times after the break. His batting average reached .300 for the fourth time in five years and fifth time in seven as he struck out in just 10.3 percent of his plate appearances. He's shown few signs of decline, but there is increasing risk in drafting Beltre as he enters his age-38 season. Hopefully his favorable home ballpark and strong glove will help him stave off Father Time a while longer.
Beltre (calf) says he is still hoping to play in the first round of the World Baseball Classic, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The news is contrary to a Rangers press release which said Beltre would sit out for the first round. The slugger has a Grade 1 calf strain, but remains adamant that he could still be ready to play by March 9, the Dominican Republic's first game of the tournament. Beltre has dealt with calf issues in the past, so monitor the injury closely going forward.
Beltre (calf) has already been ruled out for the first round of the World Baseball Classic, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. A Grade 1 calf strain for Beltre was announced Friday morning, but until the Rangers released a press release Friday night his status for the tournament's first round was still up in the air. Given Beltre's age and history of calf injuries, it's no surprise that all parties -- the Dominican Republic team, Beltre himself, and the Rangers -- want to play it safe in the first round. He is considered questionable for the World Baseball Classic's later rounds.
The Rangers expect Beltre to miss two to three weeks with his Grade 1 calf strain, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. This puts him in jeopardy for missing at least part of the World Baseball Classic, though the Dominican Republic could add him to the roster if they advance past the first round without him. The club's first scheduled WBC game is March 9, so Beltre has a shot to play if he heals quickly. On the other hand, in recent spring trainings, he's dealt with multiple calf injuries -- which he said were more difficult to manage than hamstring issues -- so Texas may want him to remain cautious.
Beltre said he's suffered a Grade 1 calf strain, which may cause him to miss the World Baseball Classic, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. He sustained the injury on Feb. 14, according to Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News. Though he says his status is up in the air, it's likely that Beltre, who turns 38 in April, will at least sit out some games for the Dominican Republic, if not the entire tournament. The veteran has managed to play in at least 143 games in each of the last five years, but injuries like this for someone his age bear monitoring heading into fantasy drafts. His ADP typically sits somewhere in the top 100 and could drop if the calf still plagues him deep into spring training action.
Beltre is out of the lineup Saturday against the Rays. The Rangers are sitting several of their veterans, including Beltre, Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy, after clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win Friday. Joey Gallo will get the nod at third base.