As if the Rangers weren't feeling snakebitten enough as it relates to injuries, Adrian Beltre left tonight's 4-4 tie against the San Francisco Giants after four innings with tightness in his left quadriceps.
In the past, Beltre has dealt with hamstring injuries, which was partly to blame for his decreased range at 3rd base last season. The quadriceps, however, is somewhat new. It appears that Beltre's exit may have been cautionary more than anything.
I felt it a little before the game, but then I ran and it felt better. I’m not too concerned about it. But I didn’t run full speed. I backed off, got my two at-bats in and then stopped.
As Beltre is generally a hitter that needs to be in a groove, I'm inclined to believe that he simply wanted to get enough game action in to stay fresh against live pitching. With that said, I'll be surprised if we see him at anything more than DH duties at least for the next few days in an effort to make sure this doesn't turn into something more long-term.
On to the weird of the night, at various points during the evening, there was a pizza mascot, a Capital One rep, and a guy dressed as Captain Morgan in the broadcast booth with Tom Grieve. I believe we may have officially found the replacement for cookie talk. Actually, I'm not sure there's a better description for it than this:
A guy dressed as a pirate, pretending to be Captain Morgan, is in the Rangers booth. This is the nadir of Texas Ranger TV broadcasts.— Adam J. Morris (@lonestarball) March 14, 2014
Yeah, it was just that kind of Spring Training night.