Adrian Beltre continues to be day to day for the Texas Rangers, and the club has yet to make a decision whether their star slugger needs to go on the disabled list.
Beltre, sidelined with tightness in his left quad, is progressing and the team is expected to make a decision this weekend.
“Just have to go through some treatment and see how it feels,” manager Ron Washington said. “And we’ll make a call.”
Kevin Kouzmanoff is starting at third base in place of Beltre. It’s Kouzmanoff’s first start since Sept. 28, 2011, as the veteran infielder was called up Wednesday and used as a pinch-hitter.
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“I’m excited to be in there obviously,” Kouzmanoff said. “I’ll try to help the team win any way I can, but just another day at the office.”
With Beltre out, Washington also adjusted his lineup. Prince Fielder has been dropped from the three-hole to Beltre’s cleanup spot, and Alex Rios is batting third.
Washington said Fielder has more experience in the cleanup spot than Rios, which is why he made the switch.
Here are tonight’s lineups:
Rangers – 1. Shin-Soo Choo, lf; 2. Elvis Andrus, ss; 3. Alex Rios, rf; 4. Prince Fielder, 1b; 5. Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3b; 6. Mitch Moreland, dh; 7. J.P. Arencibia, c; 8. Leonys Martin, cf; 9. Josh Wilson, 2b.
RHP Yu Darvish
Astros – 1. Dexter Fowler, cf; 2. Alex Presley, rf; 3. Jason Castro, c; 4. Jose Altuve, 2b; 5. Chris Carter, dh; 6. Marc Krauss, 1b; 7. Matt Dominiguez, 3b; 8. Robbie Grossman, lf; 9. Jonathan Villar, ss.
RHP Scott Feldman