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Beltre may miss two weeks with calf strain

Beltre may miss two weeks with calf strain

Beltre may miss two weeks with calf strain
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre could be out 10-14 days with what has been diagnosed as a Grade 1 strain of the right calf muscle.

Beltre underwent an MRI on Thursday. The exam showed no tear of the muscle or internal bleeding, only over-stretching of the muscle fiber. Grade 1 is considered a mild strain, but the Rangers, as they do with all Spring Training injuries, will be cautious in their approach.

"Nobody wants to be hurt," Beltre said. "The positive side would be that I would rather have it happen now than during the season. I have time."

Beltre will be limited in his activities this weekend and will resume full baseball activities at some point next week. He has been hitting and taking ground balls but has not been doing any running. It will likely be 10-14 days before he can get into a Cactus League game.

Beltre injured the muscle while working out at his home in Los Angeles before coming to camp. The Rangers do not see this injury jeopardizing Beltre's chances of being ready for Opening Day.

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"Not at this juncture," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "We are handling this in a very responsible and conservative manner, considering who the player is."

Beltre was signed to a six-year, $96 million contract to be the Rangers' third baseman. He replaces Michael Young, who is moving to designated hitter and utility infielder. Young is also not in camp; he is away for two days on family business but is expected to be back on Saturday.

Both are missing the Rangers' intrasquad games. Chris Davis and Brian Barden will play third base on Friday.

Beltre has had occasional back issues in Spring Training but has never had a problem with his calf muscle. He has been on the disabled list just twice in the past nine years. Both times were in 2009 because of left shoulder surgery to remove bone surs and then a severely contused right testicle. He has played in at least 143 games in eight of the past nine seasons.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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