Feb 27, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT
Jon Heyman of SI.com reported Saturday that Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is likely to miss “about a month” of spring training because of the Grade 1 muscle strain in his right calf, putting his status for Opening Day in serious doubt.
The Rangers are now refuting that, holding strong to their estimation that Beltre might be ready for spring games around March 10 and that he will be fine by the regular season opener.
Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas spoke Sunday morning with Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine in an attempt to clear up the confusion:
“[We] still feel it’s two weeks,” said Levine.
Adrian Beltre was signed to a five-year, $80 million contract this offseason after posting a .321/.365/.553 batting line, 28 home runs and 102 RBI over 154 games in 2010 for the Red Sox while also playing great defense at the hot corner. The Rangers open their season at home on April 1 against Boston.
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