OAKLAND -- Adrian Beltre was in the lineup, one day after coming out of Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader with a strained left shoulder. But Beltre started at designated hitter instead of third base.
The question is whether Beltre needs time off to rest the shoulder for the playoffs."No ... I just don't need to," Beltre said. "Everybody goes through stuff. It's October. Everybody's got lingering injuries and stuff. It's not a big deal."
It is if Beltre is not ready for the playoffs. "I think I'll be sore for a couple of days, but I'll be good for the first series," Beltre said. Beltre admitted it would be nice if the Rangers could clinch the American League West as soon as possible. "That would be awesome," Beltre said. "It would give guys one or two days off and set the rotation. I'd rather clinch now than wait for the last game." Michael Young started at third base on Monday even though he is dealing with a sore left Achilles tendon. He said he has been dealing with it for five years, but it flared up the last month. He left Game 2 on Sunday after six innings as a precautionary measure. Young was playing second base on Sunday. He said it's much easier to play one of the corner positions. "I've dealt with it before," Young said. "I know how to manage it. It's no big deal."