Bel­tre is out two weeks

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

Texas Rangers third base­man Adrian Bel­tre will miss at least two weeks with a sprained left thumb that he also cut while slid­ing into sec­ond base Sun­day.

X-rays were neg­a­tive, and team physi­cian Keith Meis­ter di­ag­nosed a sprain af­ter ex­am­in­ing Bel­tre. The third base­man, who was be­ing fit­ted for a splint, also needed four stitches for a cut he sus­tained on the play.

Bel­tre was slow to get up af­ter slid­ing into sec­ond base in the fifth in­ning of the se­ries fi­nale against the vis­it­ing Bos­ton Red Sox. He was re­tired on a fielder’s choice on the play.

Re­plays showed Bel­tre’s left hand was slid­ing across the ground when it got close to the base.

The Rangers ini­tially said he jammed his thumb.


Detroit Tigers star Justin Ver­lan­der strug­gled in his first re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion start, giv­ing up three runs in 22⁄ innings for Triple-A Toledo in In­di­anapo­lis. The for­mer Amer­i­can League MVP and Cy Young Award win­ner is try­ing to work his way back into the Tigers’ ro­ta­tion from a right tri­ceps in­jury he sus­tained in spring train­ing. The Tigers have not an­nounced whether Ver­lan­der will con­tinue his re­hab or join the ma­jor league team. ... Min­nesota Twins righthander Ricky No­lasco left his start in the sec­ond in­ning against the Toronto Blue Jays be­cause of a sore right an­kle.

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