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MRI shows no damage, so Adrian Beltre returns to lineup

Sep 13, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Change of plans, as Beltre apparently talked manager Ron Washington into letting him be the Rangers’ designated hitter tonight.

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Adrian Beltre is not in the Rangers’ lineup tonight after leaving last night’s game with a shoulder injury, but the good news is that an MRI exam showed no structural damage.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Beltre could be available off the bench, so Rangers fans can probably stop holding their breath now.

By combining his usual excellent defense with an OPS around .900 for the third straight season Beltre is once again one of the best, most underrated all-around players in the league. He’s hitting .318 with 32 homers and 92 RBIs in 138 games and should win his fourth Gold Glove award this year.

Mike Olt would normally fill in for Beltre, but because he’s also banged up Ian Kinsler saw his first career action at third base yesterday.

  1. beefytrout - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Do the smart thing, Rangers. Put Young at 3B (save it), Kinsler at DH, and Profar at 2B for the next 2 games. Let Adrian rest and get healthy.

    • beefytrout - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      And it appears this is exactly what they have done for tonight. Awesome.

      • beefytrout - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        And it appears that Washington kowtows to the players again. F me.

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