Beltre progresses toward rehab assignment

Beltre progresses toward rehab assignment

ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre took regular batting practice with his teammates before Thursday's game with the Red Sox. His last two swings produced blasts that sailed deep into the left-field seats.

Beltre, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, is moving closer to a medical rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues. He is hoping it will be this weekend, but the Rangers' medical staff still hasn't signed off on it.

Beltre can hit, take ground balls and throw, but he still has to run the bases full speed and do all that it entails before the Rangers clear him for assignment.

"He needs to get to the point where he can manage the hamstring," manager Ron Washington said. "If you're waiting for it to be completely 100 percent, we'll be in Spring Training. He's just got to get to the point where it needs to be managed. We need Adrian, we just have to make sure."