|Beltre reacts to his shoulder injury. (Getty Images)|
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was forced to leave Wednesday night's game against the Indians because of a left shoulder strain, the Rangers told reporters. It was also revealed that Beltre will undergo a precautionary MRI, though the injury isn't believed to be serious (via ESPN Dallas).
Beltre hurt his shoulder on a diving play at third base in the fourth inning and came out after his at-bat in the fifth. He was replaced in the lineup by rookie Mike Olt.
Beltre, 33, is hitting .318/.355/.561 with 32 homers, 92 RBI, 85 runs and has played spectacular defense this season. After a hot last several weeks, he's making a run as a dark-horse AL MVP candidate. So, obviously, losing Beltre for any amount of time would be a big blow for the first-place Rangers.