Beltre making progress; Blanco still hurting

Beltre making progress; Blanco still hurting

CHICAGO -- While Adrian Beltre spent the Rangers' road trip taking steps forward as he works to return from a strained left hamstring, fellow injured infielder Andres Blanco will return to Texas with more questions than answers.

Beltre, who hasn't played since straining the hamstring in a July 22 game, completed a 10-minute ground-ball session in Anaheim on Thursday and also took full batting practice sessions on Thursday and Friday without any issues. As for testing the hamstring on the basepaths, Beltre is just waiting for the go-ahead from Dr. Keith Meister, who will evaluate Beltre on Monday.

"When we get back, he's going to see Dr. Meister and make sure everything is good," manager Ron Washington said. "Once we get the OK from him and he says it's time he can run the bases, we'll put him out there. It's possible it could be [Monday], but if he says he needs to take a few more days, we'll take a few more days."

With Blanco, however, the team is still trying to determine what exactly is causing his back pain, which forced him to the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 9. After not experiencing much improvement in more than a week, the Rangers are now worried that what was originally believed to be a muscular problem may be something more serious.

"I have nothing on him. He doesn't [either]. He's scared," Washington said. "We'll get him checked again when we get back, and hopefully we can find something to pinpoint and get him right."