The Texas Rangers are expecting utility infielder/DH Michael Young and third baseman Adrian Beltre to be available when they open up the final series of the regular season against the A’s in Oakland on Monday night, just a day after both veterans were forced out of action by injury.
Young, who was playing second base in the nightcap of the Rangers’ doubleheader with the Angels on Sunday, left after the sixth inning with a strained Achilles tendon. Beltre left the next inning, after aggravating his strained left shoulder while snaring a hot shot off the bat of Mark Trumbo.
In Beltre’s case, there wasn’t much thought for long that the American League All-Star would miss any time with the injury.
Manager Ron Washington said shortly after the Rangers won the second half of the day-night doubleheader that Beltre would be good to go in Oakland, and Beltre himself has a well-earned reputation as a man who doesn’t like days off. Combine those two things with the fact that Texas is closing in on a third consecutive American League West crown, and we’d highly doubt that Beltre’s name is left off of the lineup card tonight in the Bay Area.