Beltre forced to take night off

June, 5, 2010
6/05/10
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BALTIMORE –- Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre was in the midst of telling a small contingent of traveling beat writers that his knee is fine and he’s ready to play despite manager Terry Francona giving him Saturday’s game off when teammate Marco Scutaro decided to join in the conversation.

“Adrian, what do you think if the game is tied in the eighth inning and the bases are loaded with nobody out, can you hit for us?” Scutaro asked, using his baseball spike as a mock microphone.

“No doubt,” Beltre replied. “I’ll be hitting for you.”

“That’s good. Will you hit a homer from one knee?” Scutaro responded, referring to Beltre’s solo homer Friday night.

“Get outta here,” Beltre said.

With that Scutaro returned to his locker and Beltre reiterated that his knee is fine despite a collision with left fielder Jeremy Hermida on Friday night.

Beltre said his knee is a little sore, but he’s not concerned and said he wanted to be in the lineup.

“I don’t like a day off -- period,” he said. “But I guess sometimes you have to take it. I feel like I have to work the whole thing back in and I just don’t feel comfortable taking days off.”

Beltre will receive treatment on his knee and told Francona that he’s available if needed. Beltre tried to fight his manager on taking a night off but had no luck in his argument.

Beltre has hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games with nine multihit efforts, batting .400 with five homers and 19 RBIs during that span. He's played in 54 of 57 games this season.

After Beltre hit his home run to lead off the fifth inning on Friday, TV cameras showed Beltre and teammate Victor Martinez in the dugout and it seemed the two were having an argument. Beltre said they were just having fun.

“He knows I don’t like anybody to touch my head,” he said. “He knows it and he did it on purpose. So I’m not responsible for anything that happens to him after that happens. He’s been doing it lately and if he’s looking for [good luck] it’s working for him because he’s been hitting the ball really good. If that’s the case, I’ll let him do it.”

Revenge?

“He’s got a bad toe, remember?” quipped Beltre.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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