An MRI revealed a “minor” left hamstring strain on Adrian Beltre, which is good news.
The Texas Rangers stressed that it was “minor,” although Beltre was still given Sunday off. The All-Star third baseman exited Saturday’s game in the 10th inning with what was described as “left hamstring tightness.” He aggravated the hamstring while running the bases in the fourth inning.
Manager Ron Washington expects Beltre to return to the lineup in a couple of days, possibly on Tuesday when the team begins a three-game series at Boston.
“I was concerned at first, but once we got the news, I’m not,” Washington said. “Tuesday is realistic, but when we get to Tuesday, we’ll see.”
Beltre has battled hamstring problems in the past. He had hamstring issues in late April last year, and spent more than a month on the disabled list in 2011 with a left hamstring strain.
Beltre is one of the Rangers’ hottest hitters, as he was named their Player of the Month for May and has a nine-game hitting streak. He batted .376 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 23 RBIs in 28 games in May.
Ogando on Wednesday
Alexi Ogando will return to the rotation on Wednesday in Boston.
Ogando, on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis, pitched well in his lone medical rehabilitation start Friday for Double A Frisco, and threw about 50 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday with no issues.
“I feel good,” Ogando said. “I’m ready.”
The move gives every starter except Justin Grimm an extra day of rest. Grimm will start the series opener Tuesday against Boston followed by Ogando and Derek Holland.
Ogando has gone 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA in nine starts this season.
Elvis Andrus wasn’t in the original lineup card Sunday, but talked his way into it. Ron Washington joked that Andrus “twisted his arm” to get back in the lineup.
Andrus has been dealing with minor back pain for about the past week, and had been batting .163 the past 11 games going into the series finale against the Royals. Washington initially felt like Andrus, who went 0 for 4 Saturday, could use an off day, but was convinced otherwise.
“He wasn’t tired and he was ready to go,” Washington said. “With Beltre out, the shortstop said he wanted to play so I changed my mind.”
Said Andrus: “One thing you learn playing right next to Beltre is if you can play, go out there and do it. That’s the best feeling to be on the field every day. I feel really good today and don’t want to be on the bench.”
Leonys Martin remains a work-in-progress in center field, and the past few games have reminded everyone of that. He has had a couple of miscues, including throwing to the wrong bag in the third inning Friday on a single that allowed the runner to take second.
But Martin has also flashed signs of his upside in the outfield, such as making a diving catch in the first inning Saturday.
“It’s part of being a young player,” outfield coach Gary Pettis said. “His decision making has to get better.”
Briefly• Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan and Royals interim hitting coach George Brett delivered the lineup cards prior to Sunday’s game. It marked approximately the 20th anniversary since the two Hall of Famers brought out the lineup cards before the final game at Arlington Stadium in 1993.
• After today’s off day, the Rangers travel to Boston for a three-game series. The Rangers swept the Red Sox in a three-game series earlier this season, and has gone 28-12 against them since 2009, the best record of any club against the Red Sox in that span.
• The Rangers passed the 1-million mark in attendance Sunday with a sold-out crowd of 47,567 on the 26th home date. It’s the second earliest date for the team to reach the 1-million mark, trailing only last year (23 dates).