Adrian Beltre has played more games at third base than every in major-league history except for Brooks Robinson.
“Ever? I’m second-most?” Beltre said Monday before passing Graig Nettles with his 2,413th game at third. “That means that I’m old and have been playing for a long time. It’s surprising to me, but it’s something cool.”
The quick media session before the Texas Rangers open a three-game series at Coors Field then turned in another direction. Should Beltre even be playing with a sprained left thumb?
“That’s a good question. I don’t know the answer,” Beltre said. “It’s a good question with many answers, but I don’t have one.”
Beltre entered the series against the Colorado Rockies batting .250 (21 for 84) in 21 games since coming off the disabled list and has homered only once. He said that he is continuing to search for a way to be more productive, though manager Jeff Banister quickly pointed to the number of hard outs Beltre has made recently.
Beltre was batting .357 (10 for 28) in his previous seven games.
“When he’s going good he wants more,” Banister said. “ Any competitive players, they’re never satisfied.”
Banister said that Beltre will play as long as he says he can play. Beltre knows how to manage injuries, the by-product being the second-most games in history by a third baseman.
But even Beltre said he is stumped by this one, which hasn’t gotten any better and wasn’t helped by the All-Star break.
“I just don’t think that if I had waited as long as I could wait that it was going to make a difference,” he said. “I took those four days off the other day. I assumed it would better those days. It didn’t happen, so I’m confused and I’m not exactly sure what the best thing to do is. As of right now, I’m playing and trying to do the best I can to help my team win.”
Beltre said that surgery after the season has not been discussed yet.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760