ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre was given his second consecutive start at designated hitter on Saturday, as Rangers manager Ron Washington said he wanted to make sure the third baseman is healthy for the second half.
"He and Michael [Young] have been the two guys that have been grinding it since we've come out of Spring Training," Washington said. "I had a chance to give him back-to-back days off his feet, because we need just as much out of him in the second half as we got out of him in the first half."
Washington also said that there was no injury to Beltre, who began Saturday with 84 starts at the hot corner this season and had appeared in all of the Rangers' 90 games. Saturday's start at designated hitter was his sixth start there. He will also start for the American League All-Stars after Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez pulled out of the festivities.
"The opportunity is here for me to get him off his feet a couple days in a row, and we're on the same page," Washington said. "When I told him, he didn't fight me, so I like that."