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May 08, 2012

Tuesday pregame Rangers notes: Beltre's limp explained

Adrian Beltre looked like he had a broken leg while, um, jogging around the bases Monday night at Camden Yards. He was limping badly and looking like an ideal candidate to hit into a triple play, and he certainly didn't look like he should be in the lineup with a strained left hamstring.

But it was all by design, said manager Ron Washington. Washington was was ready to put Beltre in the field at third base Tuesday, but wet weather nixed that plan and left Beltre with another day at DH. Washington said that Beltre was feeling far better than he looked.

"He was moving around the bases the way he wanted to run the bases," manager Ron Washington said. "The thing is he didn't feel any pain. He'll get better at his pace. We're not going to rush him at a pace we want to see."

Washington says that Beltre could tag up and score on a "normal-depth flyball."

Mike Napoli (2 for 5) and Nelson Cruz (3 for 4) might have gotten themselves on track Monday night even though they didn't electrify the Camden Yards crowd with any of their hits. Napoli had two ground singles, and Cruz had two infield hits and a double. There weren't rockets, but they might do the trick.

"I'll take any hit possible right now," said Napoli, who is hitting .174 (4-for-23) on the road trip. "I'm up and down right now. Sometimes I feel good. Sometimes I don't."

-- Jeff Wilson


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