Beltre has been out since July 22 with the strain that was sustained while he was trying to go from first on a Michael Young double. An MRI later revealed that the strain wasn’t very severe, only a Grade 1, but that Beltre would miss approximately three weeks.
As he was nearing his return this week, Beltre again injured the leg while on the base paths. He had successfully run the bases Friday and was back on them Saturday when he pulled up. Beltre was clearly frustrated as he was seen pacing back and forth before leaving the field with the Rangers’ training staff.
“It just happened in the process,” manager Ron Washington said. “Hamstrings are fickle. You have to go through the baseball activity to check it. You have to start, stop, move.”
Beltre was approaching a minor league assignment which would have been his last step before rejoining the Rangers. Now his return will be set back three more weeks.
Even though he’s now missed two weeks of action, Beltre still leads the Rangers in RBI’s (72) and is second on the team in home runs (20) and doubles (29).
Chris Davis saw some time as Beltre’s replacement at third before being traded to the Orioles in the deal that sent Koji Uehara to Texas. Since, Young has mostly taken over the hot corner for the Rangers.
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