DETROIT – Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is in the lineup and batting fifth, as usual, for Game 4 of the AL Championship Series.
Beltre fouled a pitch just below his left knee cap in the fourth inning of Game 3. He stayed in the game, but was treated in between innings and had ice on his knee after the game.
Manager Ron Washington said the knee looked better on Wednesday.
“I checked on him when I got here,” Washington said. “He’s moving better. He’s a player.”
Beltre said after the 5-2 Tigers win in Game 3 that he was hoping to play in Game 4. Washington added that the trainers put ice on it at various points during the game and also put a sleeve on the knee.
“He’s a gamer,” Washington said.
Beltre said the knee was sore after Tuesday’s game.
"It was good enough to be in there,” Washington said. “I'm not speedy. I don't need to run hard."
X-rays taken on the knee were negative; the Rangers called it a left knee contusion.
Beltre said Tuesday that the knee did swell up on him a little and he planned to get treatment Tuesday night and prior to the game Wednesday.
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," shortstop Elvis 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.