Beltre tore a ligament in his left wrist but plans to play the season with it despite the pain, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. "It hurts to hold the bat; it hurts every time," Beltre said. "There's always pain."
Recommendation: Beltre injured his wrist last season, but didn't have an MRI until December. Had he known earlier, he says he would have had surgery. The injury isn't getting worse, but it's not getting better, either. Beltre is hitting .326 this spring, so the wrist isn't severely limiting him, but the report speculates that it could affect his power (he has just one homer this spring). "The [injury] is exactly where the bat sits in his left hand, between the thumb and forefinger, and right-handed hitters like Beltre generate all of their power with the left arm." The ligament is actually no longer torn; scar tissue has built up. Beltre likely will get more frequent days off than usual to his rest his wrist.
This sounds pretty bad, but not terrible. Adrian's my starting 3B right now.
Should I be concerned? Start looking for a backup? (Edwin Encarnación is a FA)
He's probably going to stay in the lineup, but I doubt he's going to put up very good numbers with constant pain in his power arm.
What do you guys think?