BOSTON -- After missing one game because of a strained left wrist, suffered while diving for a ball in Saturday night’s game against Toronto, Adrian Beltre was back in the starting lineup at third base Monday against the Orioles.
Beltre was batting fourth.
“He’s certainly good enough to play,” said manager Terry Francona. “He got checked out [Sunday] and everything’s fine. He has a strain. He had it taped up and was ready to go [Sunday]. I don’t see anything slowing him down much. He’s not going to say anything.”
Beltre certainly would like to stay in the lineup to add to his already impressive offensive totals this season as he heads into free agency this winter.
He has hit 28 homers, the most by an American League third baseman and second in the majors to Arizona’s Mark Reynolds (32). Beltre, who is two homers shy of Butch Hobson’s Red Sox record for homers by a third baseman, has 45 doubles, tying him with Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera and Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria for tops in the majors.
Beltre leads all major league third basemen with 75 extra-base hits and is two RBIs short of reaching 100 for the second time in his career. He had 121 RBIs for the Dodgers in 2004.
Here is tonight’s Red Sox lineup:
1. Marco Scutaro, 2B
2. Darnell McDonald, RF
3. Victor Martinez, 1B
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
5. Mike Lowell, DH
6. Jed Lowrie, SS
7. Bill Hall, LF
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Ryan Kalish, CF
SP -- Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP