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Hamilton sits out, Beltre talks way into lineup

Hamilton sits out, Beltre talks way into lineup

Hamilton sits out, Beltre talks way into lineup
ARLINGTON -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre was not supposed to be in the Rangers' lineup on Thursday because of some inflammation in his left shoulder. Josh Hamilton was out after getting an anti-inflammation injection in his left knee and Beltre was supposed to miss the game, as well.

But Beltre was able to talk his way in there at least at designated hitter.

"We had a nice conversation," Beltre said of him and manager Ron Washington. "I don't want to be sitting on the bench when I'm good enough to play."

Beltre had to come out of Wednesday's game when he banged his shoulder while making a terrific diving stop in the second inning. He came out after four innings, and an MRI exam revealed only slight inflammation and no structural damage.

Washington originally had Jurickson Profar at second base, Ian Kinsler at DH and Michael Young at third base. But Beltre said he felt good enough to play after taking batting practice, and said an extra day off wasn't needed.

"What's one day?" Beltre said. "I took a half-day off last night. I only played four innings."

Washington was just glad that Beltre's injury wasn't serious.

"I didn't know how bad it was, but there's no damage," Washington said. "He certainly made it known he could play. He never wants to come out of a game. That's the pride Beltre plays with. I wish I had 25 guys like him."

Hamilton came out of Wednesday's game in the eighth inning because of soreness in his knee. He had an injection after the game and needs a day to let it take effect. He is expected to play on Friday.

"He gets those injections every now and then," Washington said. "He should be fine."

Both Hamilton and Beltre hit home runs on Wednesday, giving them a combined 73 on the season. That's the most by any tandem in the Major Leagues. Beltre has 32, including 13 in his last 20 games.

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