Third baseman Adrian Beltre said that he has the kind of hamstring injury that usually puts a player on the disabled list, but the Texas Rangers will give him at least through the weekend to see if he can avoid the 15-day DL.
Beltre said that an MRI exam showed a Grade 1 strain in his left hamstring after he was injured running the bases Wednesday night. He didn’t play Thursday or Friday, and manager Jeff Banister said that Beltre’s status for this weekend is “emergency only.”
Beltre did some light jogging Friday at Safeco Field and took batting practice, but even he admitted that the DL is a possibility.
“I’m disappointed that I can’t play,” Beltre said. “It’s Grade 1. There’s some strain in there, but we’re going to wait this series and see how it goes after that. I don’t want to jump to conclusions too early. Maybe I can play before the 15 days.”
Players are typically sidelined two to three weeks with a Grade 1 strain, but Beltre isn’t the typical player. He’s the Rangers’ best player, their captain, and the veteran in his 19th season is afforded a few games to see if he can manage the injury.
151 Consecutive games played by Adrian Beltre before he missed Thursday with a strained left hamstring
Beltre has become a pro at managing his legs. He had a serious hamstring injury in 2011 and a quadriceps issue in 2014 that sent him to the disabled list, and has played through past muscle strains without missing a significant stretch.
“You give guys like this a number of days before you go jumping into that DL situation right off the bat,” manager Jeff Banister said. “You give him an opportunity to go through the treatment process, and if there’s a decision that needs to be made after that, then it gets made. I’d like to give him the full complement of days here.”
Beltre said that leading up to the strain his legs had felt as good as they had in years. He didn’t have any trouble scoring from first base Monday night on Rougned Odor’s double to left field, but he felt his hamstring grab as he started the to round second base on Prince Fielder’s eighth-inning single Wednesday.
He exited immediately. He had played 151 consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak in Major League Baseball.
Though 37 years old, Beltre doesn’t believe he needs to take any extra time off or pick and choose when to play hard.
“I was feeling great. I was running fine,” Beltre said. “What does age have to do with it?”