- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
Sometimes it really is all about the timing. A few hours after the announcement that the top prospect in the Texas Rangers farm system was being rewarded with what appeared to be simply an ordinary day off, the team’s terrific major league third baseman injured his left thumb in a slide at second base and sent fantasy owners everywhere into a world of dreams that slugger Joey Gallo was about to get called up to replace Adrian Beltre. Only I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon. Beltre is expected to be sidelined at least two weeks, with a likely disabled list stint pending, and Gallo is all sorts of awesome, if flawed, but -- I don’t see it happening this month.
Let’s look at the sides of this, starting with Beltre.