It’s been a long wait, but veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre could actually be coming off the disabled list soon. Rangers fans have eagerly been waiting for the return of their veteran leader, but how soon will he be back?
At the beginning of the season, the Texas Rangers placed Adrian Beltre on the disabled list with a strained right calf muscle. The third baseman has missed almost two months of action, but is now heading for a rehab stint.
Beltre has headed to Arizona for extended spring camp, and the team believes he could be back as early as Monday. On Wednesday, Beltre had a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, then took a flight to Arizona. He will be there for a minimum of three days before he can be re-evaluated.
The main idea is to get Beltre as many at-bats as possible in the next few days. Test his physical conditioning with simulated game action. According to T.R. Sullivan, general manager Jon Daniels had this to say about Beltre.
"“Adrian has progressed really well through all the different treatments and game plan the training staff laid out,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “Adrian is not the most patient guy, but he complied with the plan. With a guy like Adrian, it’s more about getting up to game speed with movements you can’t synthesize in practice: quick reactions, running the bases, stopping and starting, the ability to get out there unscripted. We’ll see how the next few days go and then we’ll see.”"
If no issues occur during the rehab stint then Beltre could return on Monday to Arlington. The Rangers kick off a three-game series next week against the Tampa Bay Rays. Let’s hope Beltre can get healthy and join the Rangers next week!