Mar 11, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; The ball skips past Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (29) in the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre had to leave the game in the fifth inning due to tightness in his quad according to reports on texasrangers.com
"“It’s tight,” said Beltre after the game. “I went through the workout earlier but didn’t run, and before the game I sprinted and it felt tighter, tighter and tighter. I’m not used to the front, I’m used to the back. This is new for me.”"
Adrian will not travel with the team for their game Saturday against the A’s, and he was already scheduled for an off day on Friday. Adrian Beltre had a plethora of hamstring issues in 2013 but played through most of them to lead the Texas Rangers in home runs and have another stellar season at third base. Adrian is one of the most consistent and impressive Texas Rangers and I believe that if this were the regular season that Beltre would not have even told Ron Washington and the staff that he was feeling tightness in his quads. Beltre is one of those players that just plays through it, and I respect him for that.
It does beg the question, how many good years does Adrian Beltre have left? He has been having trouble with his hamstrings, now if his quads are going to start bothering him, it leads one to wonder how effective of a season he will have. I still believe that he will be his usual self in 2014, and I think he can play beyond that as well and still be great. I hope that he has another All-Star type season for the Texas Rangers, because I am really looking forward to seeing Adrian and Prince Fielder hitting back to back all season. Adrian Beltre should play again on Sunday, and if anything else happens we will keep you posted right here.