ARLINGTON, Texas — Third baseman Adrian Beltre took his place on the disabled list grudgingly.
“I did not agree with this decision, but it was out of my hands,” Beltre said before adding that he was planning to try to return for Tuesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners. “The medical staff and the front office thought it was best, but it was out of my hands. I had no say in that.”
The Rangers placed Beltre on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, retroactive to April 9, with a left quadriceps strain.
Beltre missed his fifth game Monday since injuring the leg April 8 in a game against the Boston Red Sox.
General manager Jon Daniels said in an email that the most optimistic expectation for Beltre’s return was late this week or this weekend. The risk was not worth the reward at this point in the season.
“I hate being without him,” Daniels said, “but we didn’t want to tempt fate and risk tacking on a much longer period of time.”
Kevin Kouzmanoff made his fourth start in place of Beltre on Monday, and he went 1-for-4 with Texas’ lone RBI in the Rangers’ 7-1 loss to the Mariners.
Braves’ Santana continues to make most of opportunity
PHILADELPHIA — Lost in the Atlanta Braves’ home-run party in a wild 9-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday was the brilliance of starting pitcher Ervin Santana.
The right-hander struck out a career-high-tying 11 through six innings of one-run ball before leaving with a 2-1 lead.
Up to March 12, Santana could have been had, but the Braves snagged him and are reaping the rewards.
“We were just talking, we’re so glad he’s on our team,” second baseman Dan Uggla said. “He comes out and does his thing. Takes it very seriously and he was electric (Monday night).
“Everything was nasty. He’s awesome.”
Santana, a late signee of Atlanta (one-year, $14.1 million), has provided a jolt to the Braves’ injury-riddled rotation. In his debut with the Braves, Santana threw eight scoreless innings in 88 pitches, his first 20 of which he threw for strikes, setting a major-league record.
To start the season, Santana has permitted just one run through 14 innings (0.64) with 17 strikeouts to two walks.
Is he pitching with something to prove?
“I don’t have to prove anything,” Santana said. “Just be me because I know what I can do.”
Injury halts Hamilton’s hot start
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Josh Hamilton is bummed.
The Angels left fielder returned to Angel Stadium Monday with a cast on his left hand, three days after having surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. He had been off to a hot start, hitting .444 (12-for-27) with two homers and six RBIs in eight games.
“I was feeling like my old self, my 2010, ’11, ’12 self,” he said. “That’s why it’s a bummer, but there’s no reason I can’t come back and feel like that.”
Hamilton suffered the injury diving head-first into first base in Seattle on April 8, and acknowledged it probably wasn’t a good idea. However, he said he wouldn’t “make any promises” he won’t do it again.
Hamilton will have the stitches removed and the hard cast replaced by a removable splint on Friday, at which point he can begin doing leg and body workouts. But he won’t be able to any rehab on the thumb until May 2.
With Hamilton sidelined, the Angels are going with a platoon of Collin Cowgill (vs. lefties) and J.B. Shuck (vs. right-handers) in left field. Shuck went 0-for-3 in Monday’s 3-2 loss to Oakland. Hamilton is expected to return in late May/early June.
Mets lose two outfielders to injuries
PHOENIX — Outfielder Chris Young is expected to return from the disabled list Friday, but that might not be soon enough to help a suddenly hobbled New York Mets outfield.
Right fielder Curtis Granderson and center fielder Juan Lagares were removed from the game a half-inning apart in the latter stages of the Mets’ 7-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday at Chase Field, and manager Terry Collins did not hold out much hope that either would be able to play Tuesday.
Granderson collided with the right field fence as he chased Arizona catcher Miguel Montero’s RBI double in the first inning. He left for a defensive replacement in the sixth inning and was given X-rays on his left rib cage, forearm and knee. They came back negative.
Lagares left after feeling a tweak in his right hamstring after reaching first on a force play in the seventh.
“Curtis’s entire left side is pretty sore,” Collins said. “We are going to wait until the morning on Lagares. We don’t know how bad a strain it is in the hamstring. Maybe a day or so and Grandy will be OK, but somebody else has to step up. (Lagares) has never had one before. Ray (Ramirez, the trainer) has done the testing. It’s probably something that’s not going to be that better tomorrow. If we think Juan is going to be a week, it’s going to be two. That’s the way those things are.”
The Mets finished the Monday game with first baseman Lucas Duda in left field, left fielder Eric Young Jr. in center and reserve Andrew Brown in right.