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April 22, 2012

Sunday morning Rangers notes: MRI for Adrian Beltre

Third baseman Adrian Beltre will have an MRI on Monday after the Rangers return from their nine-game road to determine the severity of his strained left hamstring. Beltre continues to believe that the injury is not serious and should keep him out only a matter of days.

He said the injury he suffered last year was considerably worse than this one, which was suffered in the second inning of Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.

"I don't think that it's a big deal," Beltre said Sunday morning. "I knew when it happened [last year] it wasn't good. This one is different."

Alberto Gonzalez is starting at third base today, and Michael Young is the designated hitter after two games in the field Sunday. Young enters the day as the Rangers' all-time leading hitter for batters with at least 3,000 plate appearances, with an average of .30456. That's a whisker better than Rusty Greer's mark of .30452.

Manager Ron Washington explained that he elected to save Mike Napoli to pinch-hit in the ninth inning rather than in the eighth for Yorvit Torrealba with a runner in scoring position because he was wary of having only Brandon Snyder as an emergency catcher and he wanted someone available to hit for Craig Gentry in the ninth. Napoli struck out, ending his homer streak at five straight games.

-- Jeff Wilson

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