Beltre running solid, but not 100 percent

Beltre running solid, but not 100 percent

ARLINGTON -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre drew a walk in the sixth inning in Monday's 4-2 win over the Mariners. Beltre, with David Murphy at the plate, also drew a couple of pickoff throws from reliever Steve Delabar.

"They didn't want me to steal the base," Beltre said.

Actually they were trying to see if Murphy would try to bunt. Instead he swung away and singled to right. Beltre ended up at third and both scored on Mike Napoli's three-run home run.

Beltre, who has been dealing with a strained left hamstring for over a month, was back at third base on Tuesday. It was his 13th straight game starting at third. He has not been used at designated hitter since May 15 against the Royals, although he said he is still not 100 percent.

"I'm better," Beltre said. "I'm feeling a lot better, but I don't think it's 100 percent yet, and I don't want to find out yet. I don't try unless I have to. My main goal is to maintain it and not force it and be in the lineup every day.

"Defensively, it hasn't been a problem. The first few games I was limping a little, but I got over it quickly. The only problem has been running straight up 100 percent. Defensively, I'm not worried about it."