Beltre likely not returning until September

Beltre likely not returning until September

ANAHEIM -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, who has been on the disabled list since July 23 with a strained left hamstring, did some stretching and light running in the outfield before Monday's game.

But that was all, and it still appears that he will not be ready until after the rosters expand on Sept. 1, especially since the Rangers are adamant that he does not rush back. He was one day away from being activated off the disabled list when he re-injured his hamstring eight days ago in Arlington.

"If that happens again, we'll see him in Spring Training," Washington said. "This time it will be step by step by step and go through the process. The first time he might have pushed himself a little too much. I think he understands now what a dormant hamstring is.

"I don't see him getting back before August is over. We just want to make sure he's right. It could sooner, but if he didn't have that setback, he'd be in the lineup right now."

The Rangers, after their three-game sweep of the Athletics, are 12-9 since Beltre went down with his injury.