Adrian Beltre gets clean bill of health

9/19/2010 - MLB Adrian Beltre Boston Red Sox + more

BOSTON -- The health reports on Boston Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre were promising following the team's 6-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday at Fenway Park, and he's expected to be back in the lineup on Monday.

Beltre, who injured the back of his left hand while diving for a ground ball Saturday night, was examined at Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday morning. He had an MRI, CT scan and X-rays taken and they all came back negative. It was originally thought Beltre had a wrist injury.

"He got a clean bill of health and he'll probably play tomorrow," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after Sunday's game.

Beltre did not play Sunday because he returned to Fenway just 10 minutes prior to the first pitch.

"He wanted to play, but it didn't seem to make a lot of sense to rush him out there," Francona said. "We really wanted to make sure he was OK. The way he swings, and he doesn't like days off, but it'll be a lot easier playing him, knowing he's just sore as opposed to being hurt."

Francona said Beltre would have been available if needed during the game.

"He's a tough kid. He doesn't want to do anything stupid [like rushing back]," Francona said. "He's had a hell of a year and he wants to continue, but nobody wants to get hurt."

Beltre is batting .329 with 28 home runs and 98 RBIs.

Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.