Beltre went 2-for-4 with a solo home run during Thursday's win over Seattle. The veteran has heated up over his past four games, going 7-for-16 with a homer, three RBI and three runs. Beltre has missed a lot of time this season, but amazingly, his .929 OPS would stand as his highest mark since his monster 2004 campaign.
Beltre went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Angels. Beltre was making his fourth consecutive start at designated hitter, and with his strained left hamstring apparently not troubling him too much while running the bases, it looks like he'll continue to see regular at-bats. Since his surprise return from the 10-day disabled list last week, Beltre has gone 3-for-15 with three RBI.
Beltre indicated Thursday that he expects to see regular at-bats at designated hitter for the foreseeable future until his left hamstring no longer presents issues for him defensively, Sam Butler of MLB.com reports. It looked like a real possibility that Beltre would be sidelined for the rest of the season after he suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain in an Aug. 31 game, but he surprisingly came off the 10-day disabled list less than two weeks later. He returned to action Wednesday in a pinch-hitting capacity before starting at DH in Thursday's loss to the Mariners, going 1-for-3. Though it's not expected that Beltre's hamstring will be fully healed for another 2-to-4 weeks, so long as running the bases doesn't prove too much of an issue, it looks as though he could settle in as the club's primary designated hitter. If that's the case it would likely result in one of Willie Calhoun, Nomar Mazara or Shin-Soo Choo bowing out of the lineup in each game Beltre starts.
Beltre (hamstring) is back in the lineup for Thursday's contest against the Mariners. Beltre was able to come into Wednesday's game as a pinch hitter after 12 straight games out of the lineup while recovering from a hamstring injury. It's quite remarkable that the 38-year-old has been able to return this soon, since it was expected that he would be sidelined for the rest of 2017 once he suffered the injury in late August. Moving forward, Beltre might see even more time at DH, which is where he's slated for Thursday's affair, as opposed to his normal spot at third base.
Beltre (hamstring) went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter in Wednesday's 8-1 loss to the Mariners -- his first game appearance since Aug. 31. The 38-year-old was expected to be done for the season when he got hurt, so it's miraculous that he's gotten back out there less than two weeks later -- one day after his first batting practice since suffering the injury -- but there's been no indication that he's ready to return to the field. As long as that remains the case, he'll be limited to pinch-hitting duty and perhaps some DH work.
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