Buzz: Adrian Beltre playing well through pain

July, 24, 2013
7/24/13
5:37
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- If it seems painful watching Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre running the bases, don't be alarmed.

Manager Ron Washington said Beltre's left hamstring is actually improving from when he had to sit out a game in Boston in early June and avoided a disabled list stint.

"It's improved tremendously," Washington said. "When you have it and you don't take time totally down, it's not going to ever go away. It's under control, but for it to totally go away he has to take total time down. He's playing with.

"It's not to the point where it's dangerous," Washington said.

Beltre managed to make it around the bases in the sixth inning in Monday's 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees. He got to second base on an RBI double that scored Nelson Cruz to cut the Yankees' lead to 3-1 at the time. Beltre tagged up on fly ball to center field by A.J. Pierzynski and beat the throw to third base with a head-first slide.

That put Beltre in position to score on Elvis Andrus' sharp single to right field. Beltre probably wouldn't have been able to score from second base on the hit.

"He's at his best when he's limping around," Washington said. "And he's going to play the game. He tagged up yesterday and he had that dive into third base. That's the way he plays. I don't hold my breath. He can handle himself. If one guy knows his body well, it's him."

Harrison throws live BP: Matt Harrison threw live batting practice, tossing around 25 pitches to Engel Beltre, Leonys Martin, Craig Gentry and Geovany Soto. Harrison also threw 30 warmup pitches and said he felt great.

Harrison will go up to 75 to 80 pitches Saturday in Cleveland and could begin a rehab assignment after that.

"Hitters said his stuff was good," Washington said. "He's not ready for competition yet, but it's progress."

Berkman hits again: Designated hitter Lance Berkman continues a hitting program as he tries to work his way back.

"It feels OK," Berkman said. "It's not as good right-handed as left-handed."

Berkman said the two weeks off with his hip injury has allowed his right knee to feel less sore.

"It feels a little better," he said.

Profar's first-inning bunt: Jurickson Profar was on his own in the first inning when he laid down a sacrifice bunt moving Ian Kinsler to third base. The Rangers didn't score as Cruz grounded out and Beltre flied out.

Washington said he was OK with Profar's decision, even though he didn't put the bunt on.

"It was a great idea yesterday," Washington said. "At least he was thinking. We've got our three and four hitters up there. Hughes made pitches and got out of it."

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.337 13 51 51
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 13
RBIA. Beltre 51
RA. Beltre 51
OPSA. Beltre .917
WY. Darvish 8
ERAY. Darvish 2.97
SOY. Darvish 142