ARLINGTON -- Ian Kinsler made his Major League debut at third base on Wednesday night after both Adrian Beltre and Mike Olt had to leave the Rangers' 5-2 victory over the Indians because of injuries. Beltre injured his left shoulder making a terrific diving stop in the second inning. Beltre, who hit a two-run home run in the first, stayed in the game until the top of the fifth when he was replaced by Olt. Beltre underwent an MRI exam on Wednesday night, and the Rangers are expected to receive the results on Thursday. "We won't know about Beltre until then, but hopefully it will only be one or two days," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Olt, who has been bothered by inflammation in his right heel, was appearing in a game for the first time in a week. He's not going to play in another anytime soon. Olt came up to bat in the seventh inning with two runners on base and reached on an infield single. But he aggravated the inflammation in his heel and had to come out of the game. He was replaced by pinch-runner Jurickson Profar. "When I came out of the box, I felt something and couldn't put a lot of pressure on it," Olt said. "I had to limp on it." Olt was called up at the beginning of August, but the lingering inflammation has limited him to 15 games. He will undergo an MRI exam on Thursday. "It's not the way I want to start my career," said Olt, who is a leading candidate to be on the Rangers' postseason roster as a reserve player if the inflammation doesn't hold him back. With Beltre and Olt out, Washington was limited in his choices to play third base. Michael Young can play it, but he started the game at designated hitter and moving him to a position would sacrifice the DH spot and force pitchers to bat. Washington could have put Brandon Snyder at third but decided to move Kinsler there and insert Profar at second base. "I knew if the ball was hit to Kinsler that he would catch it and his arm was strong enough to make the throw," Washington said. Kinsler had never played any position but second base in the Majors. He did play one game at third base in Triple-A in 2005. He stood out there for two innings and did not get a ball hit to him. "It would have been pretty fun to get one," Kinsler said. "I wanted something to show my arm off." Young will most likely be at third base on Thursday when the Rangers close out their three-game series with the Indians. Josh Hamilton left Wednesday's game in the eighth inning with a sore left knee that is not considered serious. He is expected to play on Thursday. "I'm not concerned about Hamilton," Washington said.
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