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 is not seeing much improvement in his injured right calf and remains out indefinitely, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports. This has been a theme since he hit the DL, as any progress has been very gradual. He has not yet been cleared for on-field activities, and Joey Gallo will continue to start at third base in his stead.
Beltre (calf) began to ramp up his workouts Wednesday morning, The Dallas Morning News reports. Beltre is starting to put weight on his strained calf for the first time, participating in stretching and flexibility workouts. From there, the plan is to begin "a more intense regimen" on a unique treadmill that allows Beltre to work out without putting full weight on the calf. Though this is a step in the right direction, the team still doesn't expect the veteran to return before the end of April.
Beltre (calf) was diagnosed with a Grade 1 right calf strain after undergoing an MRI on Tuesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. This is disappointing news for Beltre and the Rangers, as this is now the veteran's third calf issue since February. Wilson's report states that the Rangers will take a very conservative recovery approach and that no timetable has yet been established. It sounds like Beltre is unfortunately going to miss extended time. A more clear timetable for return should present itself in the coming weeks. Joey Gallo should see increased playing time at third base during the starter's absence.
Beltre felt a new issue with his calf while running Saturday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. In light of the setback, the Rangers ordered an MRI, the results of which are still pending. More information regarding a possible timetable for Beltre should be available once those MRI results are disclosed, but TR Sullivan of MLB.com is reporting that Beltre "won't be activated any time soon." Joey Gallo now has an extended window of opportunity at third base for Texas.
Beltre (calf) won't be activated prior to Tuesday's game against the Angels, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Even though no setbacks have been reported in Beltre's rehab process, there's still no timeframe as to when the veteran will come off the DL. More information regarding his eventual return should be available in the near future, as Beltre has been eligible to be activated since Sunday. For the time being, look for Joey Gallo to continue seeing regular time at the hot corner.