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Adrian Beltre, 2014 Texas Rangers
Adrian Beltre just turned 35 this week. He's been in the big leagues since he was 19, and he's played several of those years with soft tissue issues in his upper legs — mostly of the hamstring variety. Now, he's dealing with new territory with a quadriceps strain.
Of course, we all feared the worst when Beltre flew back to DFW from Boston a day ahead of his teammates to be examined by Dr. Keith Meister and to undergo an MRI on his sore quad. The results were as good as could've been hoped — a Grade 1 strain and no DL trip, yet anyway.
But if this was anyone but Beltre, he'd already be on the DL. No one has made a living of playing hurt more than Beltre has, especially in recent years.
You have to remember, this is the same guy that once played in spring training with a colostomy bag (look it up), and plays, or played, without a cup at third base and suffered the consequences. He was in the lineup the next day with some major, major swelling (you can figure it out, look it up). He's been called by several scouts and baseball people the toughest player in the game.
The Rangers hope if they hold him for the weekend series with the Astros they can get a better feel of what his prognosis is, as it would've been since Monday that he played a full game or played in the field.
They're going to have to be careful with him, and letting him sit for a week before re-evaluating is better than automatically putting him on the shelf for 15 days, if he can end up getting better. And if not? No loss, because then they place him on the DL retroactively.
The injury sure sounded ominous when it happened, but if you're ever going to be on someone against injury, Beltre is your guy.