Manager Ron Washington had planned to give Adrian Beltre a day off his feet as the Rangers’ designated hitter Thursday, but Beltre was back at third base after Shin-Soo Choo requested a DH day to rest his sore left ankle.
Beltre has started 32 straight games in the field since coming off the disabled list April 25 after a strained left quadriceps. With Washington feeling better about the state of the offense and Luis Sardinas’ ability to handle third base, Beltre could be headed to a DH day during the next homestand.
“I’ll have to start working it in,” Washington said. “But the way things have been happening for us and the way we’ve been trying to get things going in the right direction, it was hard to do.”
Beltre said that his quad, at minimum, has been good enough during the 32-game stretch. He scored from first base multiple times during the Rangers’ series at Detroit, and he nearly beat out a grounder behind third base Wednesday.
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“I knew I needed to nurse it for a little while,” Beltre said. “We’ll see how I feel today. Some days it’s better than others.”