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Beltre runs bases, takes part in fielding drills

Beltre runs bases, takes part in fielding drills

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Beltre runs bases, takes part in fielding drills
ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre ran the bases and participated in fielding drills on Friday before batting practice -- the first step toward him returning to the Rangers' lineup from a strained left hamstring.

Rangers manager Ron Washington is firm in his belief that every player that goes on the disabled list should go through a rehabilitation stint, so the team will be waiting until Beltre is totally healed to begin the rehab.

"We're not thinking about him going out [on a rehab assignment], we're thinking about getting him right," Washington said. "He'll run, he'll have a day, then he'll run again and we'll decide what happens."

Beltre practiced taking the turn at first, along with going from home to second and second to home. The Gold Glover also booted the first grounder hit his way, much to the enjoyment of Beltre and his teammates.

Beltre, who had participated in every Rangers game of the season when he went down, feels a little frustrated that he can't get back in the lineup sooner. After the workout, he said he felt "good enough."

"I just want to get back in the lineup," Beltre said. "I understand their concern. They don't want me to be injured again while I'm not on the DL, but I'd rather not go [on a rehab assignment]. [If I'm] not ready by [Sunday], that means it's more games I'd be losing to rehab, and I don't want to do that. That's my opinion. That's what I want to do."

Beltre is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, but seeing as Washington has him slated to run on Sunday and be evaluated on Monday, a typical three-game rehab stint would put his return on Friday, Aug. 12 against Oakland.

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