Adrian Beltre hopes 'it's not as bad as it felt'

July, 22, 2011
7/22/11
10:26
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre walked to his locker in the clubhouse with a noticeable limp following the Rangers' 12-2 win over Toronto. The left hamstring, which he strained running to third base in the fifth inning, was clearly bothering him.

"I just hope it's not as bad as it felt," Beltre said. "I don't know. We'll take an MRI tomorrow and find out exactly what it is.

"It felt like a really hard grab. It felt like it was going to tear my leg, but it didn't get to that point."

Beltre said every time he moves, it feels like it's cramping up on him. He said he's dealt with hamstring soreness part of the season, but has played through it. He has not had a disabled list stint in his career because of a hamstring, but did have a calf strain in spring training. Beltre is the only Rangers player to play in all 100 games this season, including 99 starts. So he's been very durable.

"Today I wasn't smart enough," Beltre said. "I was running too hard on that play even though I knew it was kind of bothering me a little bit."

Michael Young said the injury "takes a lot out of this win."

"He's a huge part of our team," Young said. "He's having a great year. He's a great player, great teammate and we want to get him back in there as quickly as possible. We'll have to find a way to chip away and pick up the slack. It's not easy, but unfortunately sometimes that's part of the game up here. Sometimes you lose valuable players for a stretch. We just hope this is a very small stretch. Hopefully, he gets back as quickly as possible and we can get him back where he belongs playing third in the middle of this lineup."

Chris Davis was removed from the game in Triple-A Round Rock shortly after the injury occurred and is ready to take Beltre's place. Young, who played third base the past two seasons before Beltre was signed, said he's ready to play third if needed. So manager Ron Washington has some options and must figure out how best to utilize them in Beltre's absence.

Beltre leads the club with 76 RBIs (the second-highest total in baseball) and is second to Nelson Cruz in home runs with 20. He's at or near the lead in most defensive categories and has put together some incredible plays at third base, helping the Rangers' infield as a whole.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Elvis Andrus
BA HR RBI R
.309 1 3 8
OTHER LEADERS
HRE. Andrus 1
RBIA. Rios 7
RE. Andrus 8
OPSS. Choo .796
WM. Perez 2
ERAY. Darvish 0.00
SOY. Darvish 15