Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre is Making Major Progress

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Oct 6, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (29) takes batting practice before the game against theToronto Blue Jays in game one of the 2016 ALDS playoff baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 6, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (29) takes batting practice before the game against theToronto Blue Jays in game one of the 2016 ALDS playoff baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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It is no secret that the Rangers have missed veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre in their lineup. He’s been out all season, but made some big steps towards his rehab stint on Thursday.

It’s been hard for the Texas Rangers without their veteran leader Adrian Beltre. Hopefully they won’t have to play without him for much longer. On Thursday, Beltre took batting practice with his teammates.

That is the first time Beltre has been able to do that since he re-aggravated his strained right calf muscle three weeks ago. According to T.R. Sullivan, manager Jeff Banister believes Beltre looked good in the box.

"“The ball sounded good off the bat,” manager Jeff Banister said. “Anytime Adrian is in the batter’s box, he sounds good and looks good.”"

Some more good news is that Beltre was able to field ground balls. He is not yet running at full speed, but has been making good progress. Manager Jeff Banister talked about Beltre’s rehab work and timetable with T.R Sullivan.

"“He has been on a treadmill and he has been in a swimming pool,” Banister said. “He hasn’t done anything on flat ground. He’ll be ready when he is ready. There is no timetable to speak of.”"

Banister has not decided if he wants Beltre to do a rehabilitation assignment in the minors just yet. He did in 2011, but in ’15 Beltre did not want to do a rehab assignment. Beltre could get some extra at-bats in extended Spring Training.

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The good news is that Beltre is making progress, but sadly he’s not ready yet and it doesn’t sound like he will be ready to go this month.

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