Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is on the disabled list again with another leg issue, and is the third Texas starting infielder out with an injury.
“It’s a gut punch,” manager Jeff Banister said. “It doesn’t feel good.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who coached Wade to two of his three titles, said he didn’t want to think about the idea of Wade walking away from the game.
“I don’t even want to go there. You’re going to make me emotional if we start to think about that or talk about that right now,” Spoelstra said.
Wade was traded to Miami from Cleveland before the deadline in February. He signed with the Cavaliers in September after working out a buyout with the Chicago Bulls, with whom he spent the 2016-17 season. He spent the previous 13 seasons with the Heat.
“I’ve loved it,” Spoelstra said of Wade’s return. “Each day that he’s been back, I’ve just been trying to enjoy it. I didn’t think that this would happen this year. I thought this would be one of those situations on down the line that would be a ceremonial signing to have him back. When it happened so quickly, he fit right in, and that just speaks to his humility.”
Wade, 36, averaged 18 points on 49 percent shooting off the bench for the Heat in the playoffs. He scored 28 points in Game 2 to lift Miami to its only win in the series.
Sixers center Joel Embiid said he embraced Wade at the end of the series in case Wade decides to retire.
He did, retiring the lone batter he faced. That was quite enough.
“My family was here. They made the flight and got to see it, so it was a dream come true, really,” he said.
Venters’ previous performance in the majors came with Atlanta, a year after he was an NL All-Star. Since then, he had elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2013 and 2014 after getting it done originally in 2005.
“After the last time, I all but made up my mind I wasn’t going to do it again,” Venters said. “Then I spoke with the doctors and my family. Everybody thought it was a good idea to do it again. So I felt like if everybody that I cared about thought that way, then I would be stubborn not to try it again. So here I am.”
Venters was uncertain how he would fare in the majors on six years’ rest.
“That’s a good question,” he said. “I’m not sure. We’ll see.”
“It looked like it got out enough, but you never know,” Dickerson said.