Rangers, Beltre playing it safe with sore quad

03/16/2014 12:51 PM

03/16/2014 12:52 PM

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said if it was the regular season and not spring training his strained left quadriceps wouldn’t keep him out of the lineup.

“I’m not going to force things in spring practice,” Beltre said Sunday morning. “There’s no doubt if this was the regular season I’d be playing right now.”

Beltre left Thursday night’s game with tightness and has missed the Rangers’ next two games. He isn’t in Sunday’s lineup against the White Sox.

He said he’s going through a full workout Sunday and will see how it feels. It’s bothered him mostly when running at full speed.

Jogging and infield practice is not an issue, Beltre said. He doesn’t expect it to keep him out of the Opening Day lineup either.

“I hope not. I don’t think so,” he said. “It is minor. I hope it’s minor. I’m not a doctor.”

Manager Ron Washington isn’t too concerned either.

“He’ll be fine,” he said. “He’ll be back in there in the next day or so.”

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