Rangers place third baseman Adrian Beltre on 15-day DL

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Arlington, TX, United States (4E Sports) – The Texas Rangers have placed third baseman Adrian Beltre was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained quadriceps muscle.

With the move retroactive to April 9, the earliest Beltre can play in a game is April 25 in Seattle, since April 24 is an off day.

Beltre suffered the Grade 1 strain on Tuesday at Fenway Park and hasn’t played since. He completed a light workout Saturday and was hoping to work again Sunday to test it out, but rain wouldn’t let that happen.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said the club didn’t want to take any chances on rushing Beltre and having him miss more time, so they made the disabled list decision Sunday.

General manager Jon Daniels also said the club was “leaning” that way.

That’s probably the smarter thing, to err on the side of caution,” Daniels said. “The last thing we want is to be without him for an extended period of time.”

The 34-year-old Beltre is hitting .286 this season with four RBIs as the team’s cleanup hitter.

Kevin Kouzmanoff has taken his place at third base, and Washington has altered his lineup in Beltre’s absence, batting Alex Rios in the No. 3 hole and Prince Fielder in the cleanup spot with Kouzmanoff batting fifth.

This is Beltre’s first stay on the disabled list since missing five weeks in the middle of the 2011 season. He has dealt with hamstring issues constantly since arriving in Texas, but hasn’t missed many games because of it. The quad is a new injury for him.

Beltre was voted the Rangers’ MVP the past two seasons and has won four of the last seven Gold Gloves at third base.

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