Adrian Beltre exits with apparent injury

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 23: Texas Rangers Third base Adrian Beltre (29) looks on during an MLB game between the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on August 23, 2017 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
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The Texas Rangers have announced that third baseman Adrian Beltre was forced to leave Thursday’s game against the rival Houston Astros with an apparent injury.

Beltre came up hobbling after charging a ground ball off the bat of Astros third baseman J.D. Davis in the bottom half of the seventh inning. Beltre appeared to step on the lip of the field between the turf and the dirt in Tropicana Field’s infield. He was immediately removed from the game and replaced by Drew Robinson at third base. Robinson shifted from left field to third, Joey Gallo went from first base to left and Mike Napoli entered the game to play first.

Beltre missed the first two months of the season with a calf injury sustained during spring training. Despite having turned 38 back in April, the future Hall of Famer is in the midst of yet another outstanding season at the plate. Beltre is slashing .315/.393/.556 with 16 homers and 66 RBIs through just 79 games. Beltre recorded the 3,000th hit of his career on July 30. He has been a major catalyst for the Rangers since returning to the lineup on a full-time basis in late May. Texas had won two straight entering Thursday’s game to pull to within three games of the American League’s final Wild Card spot.

At an even 66-66, the Rangers still find themselves chasing the New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles in the American League Wild Card race.

The Astros held a 2-1 lead at the time of Beltre’s departure in the seventh inning. The Rangers will head back to Arlington to host a huge three-game series with the rival Angels starting Friday.

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