Adrian Beltre plays in spring
"I didn't want to make two outs but I feel okay," Beltre said. "Better than I thought."
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Beltre reached on a two-base fielding error in his second at-bat and grounded out to short in his final at-bat before leaving the game in the fifth inning. He said he hopes to return to the Rangers lineup when they play the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
"Everything went well," manager Ron Washington said. "I think everyone knows Adrian is pretty good, so nothing he does out there at third base surprises me. He looked ready to play."
On defense, Beltre had to make a few plays despite not seeing a ground ball. In the second inning, the four-time Gold Glove winner turned a double play after dropping a sharply hit line drive. He quickly reacted and made the throw to Ian Kinsler at second, who completed the inning-ending play. Beltre also successfully battled the sun on a foul popup in the third inning.
The Dominican Republic native said he felt good after playing five innings and hopes to ramp up to more playing time in anticipation of representing his country in the World Baseball Classic, should they advance to the second round.