Rangers expect Adrian Beltre to return to lineup Wednesday

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Third baseman Adrian Beltre is expected to return to the Texas Rangers’ lineup Wednesday with a mild strain of his left hamstring, but the club’s weekend series at Toronto could be a pain for manager Ron Washington.

Beltre ran on the field at Fenway Park on Tuesday afternoon and then tried to talk his way into the lineup. Washington, though, wanted to get Beltre one more day’s rest for an injury first suffered Saturday.

But Beltre said that his hamstring is constantly tight and that he has learned to manage strains and keep them from getting worse.

Asked if a 15-day stay on the disabled list would serve him well, Beltre said, “I’m not going on the disabled list.”

“It’s always there, some days worse than others,” he said. “Now, there’s something in there. It’s good enough.”

Beltre admitted that playing on the turf at the Rogers Centre this weekend is a concern. It’s a concern for Washington, who is planning to use Beltre at designated hitter for at least two of the games.

That decision also will affect Lance Berkman, the usual DH who could get a game at first base, and Mitch Moreland, the regular first baseman.

“I’m going to keep him off that turf,” Washington said of Beltre. “I’ve got to check with Berkman and see how his legs are feeling. If his legs are feeling good, we’ll probably get him a game on the turf.”

Jeff Baker took over for Beltre on Tuesday despite having a sore left shoulder. Baker said his malady, aggravated Sunday after dealing with it some in spring training, is not an issue even though he left the game after the eighth inning.

“I’m good,” he said. “I took a really bad swing. Just don’t do that anymore.”

Ogando good to go

Right-hander Alexi Ogando will be reinstated from the DL Wednesday, after recovering from a bout of biceps tendinitis, so that he can start against the Red Sox.

He will not have any pitch limits despite throwing only 60 pitches in six innings Friday night in a rehab start with Double A Frisco.

Ogando (4-2) struggled with his fastball command early in the season, but had been better before hitting the DL and was good for Frisco and in his bullpen sessions.

“I expect him to pick up where he left off,” pitching coach Mike Maddux said. “He was feeling pretty good about himself, but he had to battle through his last couple starts because of this. I’d just like for him to show the sharpness he showed in his bullpens and his rehab start.”

The decision to insert Ogando gives an extra day of rest to left-hander Derek Holland and right-handers Nick Tepesch and Yu Darvish. All three will be working on five days’ rest as opposed to the normal four.

“It just worked out that way,” Ron Washington said. “Whenever we can arrange those situations, we want to do it.”

Honoring West

The Rangers will host City of West Night on July 6, welcoming residents and first responders from the fertilizer-plant explosion in the town along I-35.

Events leading up to the 6:15 p.m. game against Houston will include an on-field pregame picnic and the ceremonial first pitch from Mayor Tommy Muska.

The Rangers will wear a patch that reads “Support West” on their right sleeves, and the jerseys will be raffled off to help raise more money for the relief efforts.

Fans and club employees have already donated $40,000, and Major League Baseball and the players’ association donated $100,000 in the days after the April 17 explosion that killed 15.

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JeffWilson_FWST

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