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Rangers: Beltre still expected to miss only two weeks

Feb 27, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

Adrian Beltre, Jon Daniels, Adrian Beltre

Jon Heyman of 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.

  1. xmatt0926x - Feb 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    The problem isn’t the 2 weeks or the month, whatever. The problem will be 3 months from now when that ball gets placed slowly down the 3rd base line and he makes a quick push to go get it or he makes that push to get out of the batters box and it pulls again and he’s out for another 3 weeks. Ask Jimmy Rollins. These type of injuries can be brutal for older ballplayers. Michael Young may get all the playing time he wants at third. Rollins missed half the season with his calf strain.

    • Old Gator - Feb 27, 2011 at 7:38 PM

      It would have been much worse if he had been walking around the hotel garden barefoot and stepped on an invisible horned toad, let me tell you.

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