The Texas Rangers were still awaiting word Wednesday afternoon on the severity of Adrian Beltre’s left quadriceps injury, but they weren’t waiting idly by in case the third baseman ends up on the disabled list.
The club purchased the minor-league contract of infielder Kevin Kouzmanoff from Triple A Round Rock and designated right-hander Seth Rosin for assignment.
Kouzmanoff joined the team at Fenway Park before the series finale against Boston and will likely be in the lineup Friday to open a 10-game homestand. Beltre, as of Wednesday, doesn’t appear to be an immediate option.
“Anytime one of your best players is unavailable is concerning,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “With the way our roster is set up, we need another infielder. We needed to make sure we had coverage.”
Beltre was injured in the fourth-inning Tuesday while running out an RBI double in the Rangers’ 10-7 victory. He was flown to Texas on Wednesday and expected to have an MRI exam and see team physician Dr. Keith Meister.
The Rangers weren’t sure when they would hear Meister’s diagnosis and were left to hope for the best.
“We don’t know what we’re preparing for,” manager Ron Washington said. “We just know that we needed an extra infielder while Beltre is gone.”
Beltre is batting .286 with four RBIs in eight games.