ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Rangers put third baseman Adrian Beltre on the 15-day disabled list Monday, putting another hole in an offense searching for answers.
Beltre suffered a Grade 1 strain of his left quad in Tuesday’s game at Boston. The move is retroactive to April 9 and Beltre is eligible to come off the DL April 24.
Beltre worked out on the field Saturday and was scheduled to try again Sunday but the wet conditions stopped those plans. Texas general manager Jon Daniels said Saturday that it looked like a DL move for Beltre would be likely.
"The move we made today was about Adrian," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "Believe me it wasn’t an easy decision, but we’re only in the month of April. We’d like to Adrian May, June, July, August, September and into October. We felt like we had to make a decision to make sure he was healthy."
Beltre is hitting .286 with four RBI. Kevin Kouzmanoff will fill the void for Beltre at third base. He had two hits Sunday and is hitting .417 since joining the team Wednesday.
"My preparation is the same," Kouzmanoff said. "Just get my work in, get my reps in, just be prepared to play."
Beltre hasn’t been on the disabled list since 2011 when he missed more than a month of the season with a left hamstring strain.
The club added right-hander Hector Noesi to the roster in Beltre’s spot. Noesi was acquired from Seattle Saturday and will serve as a long man.