Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was forced to leave Sunday afternoon’s ball game against the Boston Red Sox due to a left thumb injury.
In the third inning of the game, Beltre tied the game with an RBI single. Two batters later, Beltre slid head first into second base, and jammed his left thumb sliding into the bag. Beltre remained in the game, but was replaced defensively in the top of the fourth inning by Adam Rosales.
Beltre was immediately evaluated once he left the game, and the Rangers released a tweet on their Twitter page diagnosing the injury:
Update on Beltre: Xrays were negative, but has a sprained right thumb & laceration w/ 4 stitches. Expected to be sidelined a min. of 2 weeks
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) May 31, 2015
Although the Rangers breathe a sigh of relief that Beltre didn’t suffer a major injury, the injury itself still is a big blow to the ball club. Beltre has been one of baseball’s most consistent hitters, hitting over the .300 mark each of the last three seasons. The 36-year-old has a career slash line of .284/.336/.477.
The four-time All-Star isn’t off to his usual hot start in 2015, as he has posted a slash line of .251/.289/.404 in 50 games, but the loss of his bat in the Rangers’ lineup is still a major loss. The team is currently 5.5 games back behind the Houston Astros in the American League West Division, and definitely will not only miss Beltre’s on the field talents, but also his clubhouse leadership in his absence.