Adrian Beltre talks health, Game 6

January, 13, 2012
1/13/12
2:20
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre dealt with a few injuries last season, including a left hamstring strain that forced him to miss five weeks and a bruised left knee during the playoffs. But the offseason has given Beltre a chance to rest and said he'll be healthy when spring training starts in late February.

"I feel good," Beltre said before Thursday's Texas Rangers Award Show. "Rest is always good."

This is Beltre's second season with the Rangers and he's clearly comfortable with his surroundings and teammates. Despite the disabled list stint, Beltre managed to hit 32 home runs (fifth in the AL) and drive in 105 runs while batting .296 in 124 games.

"It's going to be easier for me," Beltre said. "I already know the guys. Last year was a process to get to know everybody. Now I know everybody and how they are, and how I can approach guys."

Beltre did admit he still thinks about the lost opportunity of Game 6.

"People on the street don't help by asking about it, but I'm trying to get over it," Beltre said with a smile. "Hopefully by the time I get to spring training, it will be all done."

Beltre said he replayed the game is in his head a lot the first three or four weeks after the game.

"But after that, I've tried hard to get over it," Beltre said. "It wasn't easy being so close and the way it happened. But hopefully once we get to spring training, it will be all over and help the team to get to the point where we need to be to finish it off.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.322 18 71 73
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 71
RA. Beltre 73
OPSA. Beltre .873
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.12
SOY. Darvish 182