Adrian Beltre told reporters on Monday that his apparent left hamstring injury wasn’t a big deal, and that the Texas Rangers‘ third baseman was “fine.” If you caught any of MLB‘s Game 163 then you can tell that Beltre is hardly fine. Instead, the All-Star infielder is hobbling around like a grandfather, but that isn’t cutting into his production at the plate.
Despite the hamstring ailment, Beltre laced a double in his first at-bat. Rangers’ fans were immediately exposed to his injury as the usually sleek third baseman limped his way to the second-base bag.
It’s hard to believe that Beltre has stayed so healthy with Texas considering he had routinely missed time earlier in his career with both the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers. However, in the last two years Beltre has only missed eight games, which is rather impressive considering the scorching heat in Texas and the fact that Beltre turned 34 years old in April.
On top of always being in the lineup, Beltre also finishes his 16 year in the league with a league-leading 199 hits.
Whether the Ranger make it to the postseason or not; Rangers fans will always remember the grit that Beltre played with during the Rangers’ final push.