Beltre at DH as hamstring continues to improve

Beltre at DH as hamstring continues to improve

Beltre at DH as hamstring continues to improve
SEATTLE -- Adrian Beltre was at designated hitter on Friday for the fourth time in 14 games since he was activated off the disabled list at the beginning of September.

Beltre missed more than five weeks with a pulled left hamstring, but it continues to get stronger. Rangers manager Ron Washington just wants to give him an occasional day at DH.

"It's getting better," Beltre said. "I haven't tested it, so I can't tell you what percentage it is, but it's getting better. I don't feel the need to push it, but it's good enough to be on the field every day."

Washington does not want Beltre pushing it.

"I love the way he's managing it," Washington said. "Whatever he gives us, I'll take it. I just love having him in the lineup. He doesn't need another gear. He's fine. He's scoring from second on base hits and he can score on balls into the gaps. There are guys slower than him playing every day."

Beltre took a 19-game hitting streak into Friday's game, tied for the third longest in the American League this season. He was also hitting .389 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 13 games since being activated.