Cautious Beltre tests hamstring on bases

Cautious Beltre tests hamstring on bases

ARLINGTON -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, who went on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring on July 23, ran the bases on Monday for the first time since aggravating the injury on Aug. 6.

Beltre said he ran 80 percent while running from home to second and second to home. He was scheduled to meet later with Dr. Keith Meister, the Rangers' team physician, to discuss his next course of action.

"He did some running out there today, just around the configuration of the infield," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He won't get on the bases until Dr. Meister signs off, and he won't get here until this afternoon."

Beltre, who was hitting .276 with 20 home runs and 76 RBIs in 100 games, is still taking it slow because he does not want to risk another setback. He has already had one and another could bring his season to a premature end. He will likely be sent on a medical rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues before he is activated.

"I want to do more, but I don't want to test it too much," Beltre said. "I don't have a target date, it will be up to the doctors to say. Whenever they tell me I'm good. I don't have a say right now."

While all Minor League seasons end on Sept. 5, Triple-A Round Rock has already clinched a spot in the playoffs by earning first place in the first half of the season, and Double-A Frisco appears likely to reach the Texas League playoffs as well. Major Leaguers can still go on rehab stints in the Minor League playoffs.

"If the time runs out and there's no more Minor League games to be played, and he's ready to go, he'll be in the lineup," Washington said.