Usually, Adrian Beltre plays through smaller leg injuries, but this time, it was best to play it safe.
After two at-bats, Beltre departed the first Rangers’ night game in the fifth inning. Beltre’s usual problems are with his hamstrings and the 34-year old was in unfamiliar territory with the quad tightness. The third baseman told MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan that it may have started during an earlier workout.
“It’s tight. I went through the workout earlier but didn’t run, and before the game I sprinted and it felt tighter, tighter, and tighter.”
Having Beltre healthy is going to be key for the Rangers this season, especially as he now provides protection for newly acquired Prince Fielder in the lineup. Last year, Beltre played in all but one game; he’s known for being very displeased any time he doesn’t find his name in the lineup. Sullivan says that Beltre will take his scheduled day off on Friday, but will likely not make an appearance in the game Saturday against the Athletics.
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