Via the Twitterati:
No Adrian Beltre or Josh Hamilton tonight for the #Rangers. Both ok, just sitting for precautionary reasons.— Emily Jones (@EmilyJonesFSN) September 13, 2012
Mike Olt, MRI confirms plantar fasciitis, likely out 10-14 days. Adrian Beltre, MRI slight inflammation, no structural issues, day-to-day.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) September 13, 2012
Josh Hamilton gets injection in left knee. Should be ready Friday. Mike Napoli will be activated Saturday.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) September 13, 2012
Rangers have Jurickson Profar at second base today. Kinsler DH. Young at third. Martin in center.— Anthony Andro (@aandro) September 13, 2012
So, in essence:
● Josh Hamilton seems okay, although this is yet another case of him requiring pain-alleviating injections -- presumably cortisone -- to treat a problem; he received a cortisone injection in his right knee two summers ago, so I guess this equalizes things a bit between the two knees (though not in a good way).
● Adrian Beltre also seems okay, and, frankly, I'm not too devastated by the fact that he'll get a few full days off away from the responsibilities of hitting/fielding. In the interim, we get Michael Young at third base, and, well, you know what you may be getting into there, but as long as this doesn't deterioriate into a longer-term issue, it's going to be okay.
● Mike Napoli is coming back, and will have a couple of weeks to get his bat going again against ML-quality pitchers before the post-season, where, I assume, he will garner at least a 50/50 playing time split behind the plate, if not more.
● Mike Olt isn't coming back anytime soon, and between this medical problem and his inability to get the bat going in his limited opportunities at the big league level this season, you tend to think that the chances of him making the post-season roster are withering away.
● Jurickson Profar lives forever. Maybe.
4:30 p.m. CDT Update: Well, that changed quickly:
Beltre to DH. Kinsler to 2nd. Profar to bench— Jean-Jacques Taylor (@JJT_ESPNDallas) September 13, 2012
Beltre apparently talked Ron Washington into starting him tonight, which is, of course, commendable, and says a lot about Beltre's drive and personality and desire to help the team during what the Rangers likely perceive to be a dogfight with the A's ... but on the other hand, Beltre is a tremendous asset, a big determinant in how far this team is going to go, and the only thing you hope is that him continuing to go so hard and even playing through this latest injury isn't something that's going to hamper his performance when the significance of the games soars into the stratosphere during October.