Saturday, April 21, 2012
Updated: April 22, 11:39 AM ET
Adrian Beltre strains hamstring
By Richard Durrett
DETROIT -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre says he doesn't believe the left hamstring strain that forced his early exit from Saturday's game is as bad as the one that landed him on the disabled list last season.
Beltre said he strained the hamstring as he sped up toward second base after hitting a double in the second inning of the Rangers' 10-4 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. He clutched the hamstring as he got to the bag and came out of the game after manager Ron Washington and a trainer went out to check on him.
Beltre was listed as day to day and was not in the lineup for the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday and was not expected to play Sunday. He was to get an MRI on Monday to assess the injury.
Michael Young was in the lineup at third base for Saturday night's game and Washington said Young would be the primary third baseman in Beltre's absence.
"I don't think it's quite as bad as last year," Beltre said. "It didn't grab me that much. I don't think it's that bad. Hopefully, that's the case."
Beltre strained the same hamstring in late July last year and then suffered a setback as he tried to return to the lineup. He said he pushed things a little too hard in an effort to show the club he was ready.
Beltre has dealt with hamstring issues in the past and has played through them. He says he knows how to manage it.
"Hopefully, it will be a couple of days, maybe two to four days," Beltre said. "I don't think the weather here is helping. Back home it will be warm and it will probably feel better. I don't want to miss a lot of games, especially the way we're playing right now."
Beltre, 33, is hitting .304 with two homers and seven RBIs. He's been solid on this road trip, batting .366 (11 for 30) with three doubles, a homer and five RBIs.
He missed 37 games last season with a hamstring strain. Should he miss any extended time, Young, who played third base for two seasons before Beltre signed with the Rangers in 2011, will fill in for him.
"He's a key ingredient in the lineup," slugger Josh Hamilton said of Beltre. "You've got Michael who can play anywhere on the field pretty much. So you replace one All-Star with another All-Star. Obviously, we'd like to have him out there, but that's been good for us the last few years that when guys go down, others step in and get the job done. I don't think it will be a problem."