Adrian Beltre hurts hamstring; MRI next

Updated: July 23, 2011, 7:43 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

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 the Toronto Blue Jays. His left hamstring, which he strained running from first to third base on a Michael Young single 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 hamstring-related stint on the disabled list in his career, but did have a calf strain in spring training. Beltre is the only Ranger to play in all 100 games this season, including 99 starts.

"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."

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."

Omar Quintanilla pinch-ran for Beltre and replaced him at third base.

Chris Davis was removed from the game in Triple-A Round Rock shortly after the injury occurred and could take Beltre's place if Beltre ends up on the disabled list. 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, 32, leads the club with 76 RBIs and is second to Nelson Cruz in home runs with 20. He's at or near the lead in most defensive categories and has made some incredible plays at third base.

Beltre missed some time in spring training because of a right calf muscle strain. He was on the DL twice in 2009 after recovering from shoulder surgery and a severely bruised right testicle.

Davis is hitting .363 with 24 homers and 65 RBIs in 47 games in Triple-A. He has played third base and left field during that stint and can also play first base if needed.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.

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