The Texas Rangers are hoping to get one of their key players back in action this week as they approach the final weeks of Spring Training.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre, who was pulled from a game last week with a tight left quad, is looking to return this week. Beltre had the following to say about his status (From T.R. Sullivan):
I thought about playing tonight, but the medical staff wants to wait until Thursday. It’s Spring Training, and they don’t want to rush it. Besides, they’re playing better without me.”
How the team is playing in Spring Training games is irrelevant, but the team’s decision to take it slow makes sense.
Beltre’s production since he arrived in Texas has been off the charts. In 2013 he batted .315/.371/.509 and he remains a plus defender at third base. Remarkably Beltre has been in the Major Leagues for 16 years, but at age 34 his game is aging well. He will be a key player in the middle of the lineup as the Rangers try once again to reach the American League playoffs.