Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will miss at least two weeks after suffering a sprained left thumb and a cut that required four stitches in the fifth inning Sunday.
The Rangers said that Beltre was examined by team physician Dr. Keith Meister and was being fitting for a splint. The Rangers are off Monday and also have an off day June 8.
Adam Rosales is the leading candidate on the roster to replace Beltre, though the Rangers will need an extra infielder while Beltre is out. The Rangers could recall second baseman Rougned Odor, a move that would make Hanser Alberto the utility infielder.
Top prospect Joey Gallo is at Double A, and the Rangers might not want to disrupt his development by promoting him to the majors.
Beltre had just singled to center when Mitch Moreland sent a bouncer to second base. Beltre slid into the bag trying to break up a double play, but stayed on the ground an extended time before getting up.
When he did, he was limping but also favoring his left arm. A replay showed that he reached for second base his left hand while sliding well to the right of it.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760