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September 22, 2012

Off-season surgery possibility for Adrian Beltre

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been told that the likely cause for his abdominal pain is scar tissue from his appendix removal and follow-up surgery 12 years ago rubbing against his intestine.

Beltre underwent more tests Friday, and a doctor said that he is 90 percent sure of the scar-tissue theory. If the pain doesn't subside significantly or gets worse, Beltre would undergo surgery to correct the problem.

He said the operation would be an easy procedure, but he's hoping to avoid it.

"Everything came out OK," he said. "The good news is they didn't find anything [new]. Overall, I should be happy there's nothing [seriously] wrong with me."

Beltre was inserted in the lineup as the Ragners' thrid baseman Saturday against Seattle, but manager Ron Washington said that he will likely have to put Beltre at designated hitter more than he'd prefer down the stretch.

Washington also plans to remove Beltre from any games that might get out of hand, and Beltre could also get some days off if the Rangers clinch the American League West title before the final series of the season.

-- Jeff Wilson

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