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Beltre hopes to return soon after hamstring strain

Beltre hopes to return soon after hamstring strain

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Beltre hopes to return soon after hamstring strain
DETROIT -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is hoping to miss only a few games after straining his left hamstring in the Rangers' 10-4 win over the Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.

Beltre missed five weeks last year with a strained hamstring, but the Rangers are hoping this injury won't land him on the disabled list.

"I don't think it's quite as bad as last year," Beltre said. "It didn't grab me as much. Hopefully it will be a couple of days, just 2-4 days."

Beltre did not start against the Tigers in the second game and won't play on Sunday. The Rangers open a three-game series with the Yankees on Monday at the Ballpark in Arlington, and Beltre will be re-evaluated before that series.

"It bothers you to lose Beltre, but we still have to play baseball," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

Game-time temperature for the first game was 43 degrees, and Beltre was injured running into second base on a double in the top of the second inning. Alberto Gonzalez went in to pinch-run for him.

"He didn't want to walk off the field," Washington said. "The man has his pride. He said he would be careful, but we weren't going to let it happen. It's cold, and if it's slight, we want to keep it slight."

Beltre admitted the cold weather wasn't helping matters.

"Back home it will be warmer," Beltre said. "I don't want to miss a lot of games, especially the way we're playing."

Michael Young, who was the Rangers' starting second baseman in Game 1 while Ian Kinsler was used at designated hitter, was at third base for the night game and will be there while Beltre is out. He was the Rangers' regular third baseman when Beltre was on the disabled list July 23-Sept. 1 last season.

"Wherever the team needs me, I'll be ready," Young said. "A.B. got banged up last year and I was ready. The way this team is constructed, we need A.B. and Kinsler and everybody else to stay healthy the entire season. That's our best team. If we do that, we're going to pile up a lot of wins. The biggest thing for me is to stay ready."

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