Beltre again takes BP, return on schedule

Beltre again takes BP, return on schedule

Beltre again takes BP, return on schedule
CHICAGO -- So far, everything has gone as planned in Adrian Beltre's most recent attempt to return from a strained left hamstring.

After taking a full batting-practice session and fielding ground balls before Thursday's finale against the Angels, Beltre took a lighter approach on Friday. He took another session of batting practice before the series opener with the White Sox, but otherwise worked indoors, sticking to the treadmill or stationary bicycle.

The Rangers' third baseman originally injured the hamstring while running to third base in a July 23 contest against the Blue Jays and aggravated the strain as he rounded first base while testing it out on Aug. 6. Manager Ron Washington said Friday that a decision has not been made on when Beltre will be turned loose on the basepaths.

"I don't know yet," Washington said. "It certainly won't be [Friday], but if there is baserunning this weekend, it would be [Saturday]. I'll find that out later on today or tonight."

Beltre is hitting .276 with 20 home runs and 76 RBIs this season, and played in each of the team's first 100 games prior to injuring the hamstring. Washington didn't give a target date for Beltre's return, but said he is still on course to return in late August or early September.