Adrian Beltre to go on rehab assignment

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will begin a rehab assignment Monday for Triple-A Round Rock, which will be in Omaha.

Beltre, who has been out since July 23 with a left hamstring strain, is expected to run the bases harder this weekend. The Rangers haven't decided how many rehab games Beltre might play, opting to see how he does once he gets there. But manager Ron Washington indicated earlier in the week that Beltre might not need as many games as someone else because he's a veteran.

Normally, the Rangers like for players to get at least 20 at-bats in a rehab assignment.

Beltre was hitting .276 with 20 homers and 76 RBIs when he strained the hamstring running to third base on July 22 against Toronto. He then attempted to come back a few weeks ago, running the bases in Arlington as the final step before heading out for a rehab assignment, but aggravated the hamstring.

He's been carefully progressing since and is now ready to get some game action before he returns.

Michael Young has played third base and hit cleanup in Beltre's absence and done a solid job. But to have Beltre's bat in the lineup and his defensive presence at third base could give the Rangers a nice boost heading into the final month of the season.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.