Adrian Beltre to Miss at Least 4 Weeks Due to Hamstring Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 16: Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers stands in the dugout before a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won the game 8-7. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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The Texas Rangers announced third baseman Adrian Beltre suffered a strained left hamstring Thursday against the Houston Astros. 

On Friday an MRI revealed a Grade 2 strain, which will keep him out for a "minimum" of four weeks, the club announced

Beltre, 38, has been hampered by injuries all season long. He missed the team's first 51 games of the season while recovering from a right calf strain, and this latest injury calls into question whether the veteran's body is finally starting to break down after such a long and consistent career. 

So far this season, Beltre is hitting .317 with 16 home runs and 66 RBI. He also registered his 3,000th career hit earlier in the campaign.

Texas entered play Friday very much in the American League wild-card race, trailing the Minnesota Twins by just four games for the second spot.

With Beltre out, it will likely result in slugger Joey Gallo seeing consistent playing time at the hot corner, as he did during Beltre's previous absence.

Although Gallo is one of the game's top power hitters, the Rangers are without some important dimensions when Beltre is out of the lineup since he is an on-base machine and still among the best defensive third basemen in baseball.

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