Buzz: Adrian Beltre still not in the field

May, 12, 2012
5/12/12
11:30
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers slugger Adrian Beltre is not in the field for Saturday's game because of the wet field conditions. He's the DH for the second straight game after playing third base in the first game of the doubleheader in Baltimore on Thursday.

Beltre said he feels good and can play the field, but manager Ron Washington isn't taking any chances. He said he doesn't want to risk doing anything to the strained left hamstring. If the weather conditions are better on Sunday, Beltre will be back out at third.

"I'm not going to force it," Beltre said. "I don't want to go back to square one."

Beltre said he had no discomfort playing the field Thursday.

Other notes:

* The Rangers still aren't sure why Jerome Williams threw a pitch behind Ian Kinsler in the fifth inning. It's possible it was because Craig Gentry was running in an 8-2 game. But at that point in the game, it wasn't a large enough lead that Washington felt like he should shut it down.

"I don’t know what that was about," Washington said. "It made us become more warrior than we were. It shocked me. I didn’t understand it. I didn’t know what that was about. I think the only one that can tell you what that was about was Williams."

Washington made it clear his team wasn't trying to show anyone up by running.

"We’re not out there to embarrass anybody. We’re out there to play baseball," Washington said. "Some nights when we put runs on the board, we put runs on the board. On nights when we’re behind, we play the same way. That’s the way we play. We’re not out to embarrass anybody. We certainly wouldn’t try to embarrass those guys. I don’t know what that was all about."

* Catcher Yorvit Torrealba felt fine after last night's game and didn't have any concussion symptoms. Doctors will triple-check him today.

* Washington said the game started on Friday because the club officials and grounds crew keeping an eye on the weather thought they might just get a glancing blow. But the wind turned.

"They missed last night, but they are usually right on," Washington said. "When the wind changes and blow things in a direction it's not supposed to go, we can't do anything about it. I called over there and apologized to Mike (Scioscia). That's all I could do. We're in the same boat."
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

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.90 167 133
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .323
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 58
RA. Beltre 57
OPSA. Beltre .883
ERAY. Darvish 2.90
SOY. Darvish 167