CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 31: Adrian Beltre #29 celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by David Murphy #7 of the Texas Rangers during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive on August 31, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Adrian Beltre's upper legs have been a problem in recent years. Much like with former Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, you can pretty much bet that Beltre will deal with hamstring issues at least a couple of times every year. Most of the time, Beltre plays through it, even if it means he can barely move.
On Thursday, the veteran third baseman gave Texas Rangers fans a scare when he left a Cactus League game with tightness in his left quadriceps in the fourth inning.
“I felt it a little before the game, but then I ran and it felt better,” Beltre told The Dallas Morning News. “I’m not too concerned about it. But I didn’t run full speed. I backed off, got my two at-bats in and then stopped.
So that's a good sign. Sounds like one of those deals that he'd play through in a regular season game but opted to excuse himself since the game meant nothing. Still, at Beltre's age and with his history, it's a bit of a concern as he's dealt with muscle tightness every spring since joining the Rangers prior to the 2011 season.
Beltre's only serious injury as a Ranger came in 2011 when he was on the disabled list for six weeks with a hamstring injury.