Beltre picks up running, not yet at full speed

Beltre picks up running, not yet at full speed

DETROIT -- Adrian Beltre, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 7 with a strained left hamstring, increased his running on Wednesday during early workouts at Comerica Park. Beltre isn't at full speed yet, but he was able to go foul pole to foul pole at more than just jogging speed.

Beltre said his hamstring continues to make progress, but manager Ron Washington said the Rangers won't have a real feel for his progress until he starts running the bases. That's the biggest hurdle with a hamstring injury.

"You can't get a good read on hamstrings until you get on the basepaths, when you have to stop and start and react to something, get back to a base" Washington said. "He's got to make it through that process, and then we'll have a clear idea of where he is."

With Beltre out and Chris Davis traded to the Orioles, Michael Young started at third base for the third consecutive game on Wednesday. He has started in the field for five straight games and will likely continue to start at third until Beltre returns.

It's Young's longest stretch in the field since he played nine straight games at first base in May. That's when the Rangers were without both Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz, and Mitch Moreland was needed in the outfield.