Adrian Beltre sore, hopes to play in Game 4

October, 11, 2011
10/11/11
10:59
PM CT
DETROIT -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, walking around the clubhouse with an ice pack on his left knee, said he hopes to play in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series.

Beltre said the foul ball hit him just below the left knee cap in the fourth inning. X-rays were negative and the Rangers are calling it a contusion. Beltre went down to the ground and was looked at by a trainer and manager Ron Washington. Beltre stayed in the game, but was running slow to first on a ground ball later that at-bat and didn't appear to move well during subsequent at-bats.

"It was sore," Beltre said. "It was good enough to be in there. I'm not speedy. I don't need to run hard."

Beltre said the knee did swell up on him a little and he'll continue to get treatment Tuesday night and Wednesday prior to the game.

"I want to be ready for tomorrow," Beltre said.

Beltre's teammates knew he was in pain, but weren't surprised to see him stay in there. Beltre has showed his toughness throughout the season, battling hamstring issues and aches and pains.

"I think everybody heard it," Andrus said of the ball hitting Beltre's leg. "It was pretty bad. Especially big guys that never swing slow. It's not a good feeling."

Beltre was 0-for-4 on Tuesday, but is hitting .285 with three homers (all in Game 4 of the ALDS) and five RBIs in the playoffs. He's been a steady presence with his defense at third base.
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
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.341 13 50 50
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 13
RBIA. Beltre 50
RA. Beltre 50
OPSA. Beltre .930
WY. Darvish 8
ERAY. Darvish 2.97
SOY. Darvish 142