Rangers' Beltre Suspended Again
ARLINGTON — The Rangers were considering what additional measures they would need to take with outfielder Engel Beltre, who was suspended 15 games by the Double-A Texas League for his role in a melee with fans in San Antonio, his second in two seasons.
Beltre, 21, tossed a plastic trash can into the stands on April 26 during an incident that escalated after a San Antonio fan threw a water bottle toward Frisco players as they left the field after a controversial 6-5 loss. Three fans were arrested. No players were arrested, though they were accused of throwing bats into the stands.
Tempers flared in the ninth inning after the umpiring crew's decision to reverse a three-run homer that would have put Frisco ahead. Manager Steve Buechele and pitching coach Jeff Andrews were ejected for arguing the call and were not on the field when the confrontation took place.
The Rangers, the Texas League and Major League Baseball investigated the incident before punishment was leveled against Beltre, who entered the season rated as the Rangers' No. 5 prospect. "We are continuing to look into it as far as the involvement of other people," general manager Jon Daniels said. "Obviously, it's not something we condone."
Beltre was suspended five games last year by the high Class A California League for instigating a brawl between Bakersfield and Visalia, whose players felt Beltre showed them up circling the bases after hitting a walk-off home run.
Daniels declined to discuss what additional action the Rangers might take going forward. The club isn't likely to extend the suspension. "There will be some things we address in-house," he said. "I don't want to get into specifics with him, but it's something we take seriously. It's a black eye for all involved."
The Rangers sent Beltre, who was acquired in a 2007 trade with the Red Sox for reliever Eric Gagne, to extended spring training in Surprise, Ariz., to work out while suspended. He was hitting .253/.286/.316 with just three extra-base hits in 79 at-bats.
• Triple-A Round Rock righthander Eric Hurley suffered a concussion and a small fracture on the right side of his head above the temple after being struck by a batted ball April 18 at New Orleans. He was making just his second start since 2008 after missing two years with shoulder and wrist injuries.
• Shortstop Jurickson Profar missed 10 days at low Class A Hickory with a sprained left wrist. He reached base seven times in his first four games off the disabled list.