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Adrian Beltre is probably pleased that he has a mild calf strain

Feb 21, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

Adrian Beltre swinging

Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Adrian Beltre has a calf strain.  It’s not a biggie, though, as it will only keep him from running.  He can still take BP and do fielding drills.

I know this is minor, but I find it interesting anyway because I can’t help but wonder if a tiny little malady like this at this particular time of the year isn’t something some players are rather pleased to have.  “Oh, drat!  There is something amiss that will not affect me in any way whatsoever except that it will prevent me from doing wind sprints in the outfield!  Oh, cruel fates! Why dost thou damn me so?!”

Then again, maybe this is the case of a schlubby and lazy 37-year-old computer jockey projecting a bit.

  1. apbaguy - Feb 21, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Sure, 40 days left until opening day, why not take it easy, especially if you’re a veteran. Those of us who used to play sports, though admittedly never at an elite level, one of our “secret weapons” to compete against superior talent was to be in better physical condition. Hopefully the more talented player would wear down under the unrelenting physical pressure and we could eke out a victory, maybe. The Texas coaches will no doubt be alert to any rookies who might think Beltre’s example is one they can follow. His conditioning and stamina have never been an issue, so I doubt this will affect his season performance, and I also imagine this is going on in the other 29 camps as well.

  2. Charles Gates - Feb 21, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    The insert-muscle-here strain is a very common symptom of the NFL’s non-mandatory mandatory summer workouts. (Not that I care, but sometimes football gets in the way of my baseball media consumption).

  3. shawnuel - Feb 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Beltre’s real reason for being happy is that this is a hell of a lot better than a ruptured testicle.

  4. Jack Marshall - Feb 21, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    I can’t believe you had a perfect opportunity to use “Fie!” and passed it up.

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