Beltre inching closer to making return

Beltre inching closer to making return

TORONTO -- Adrian Beltre continued his rehab process on Friday in Surprise, Ariz., playing six innings in the field and taking six at-bats. Beltre tallied four hits, including a double, and made a pair of defensive plays at third.

This was the second of three extend spring training games that Beltre was scheduled to play in before being re-evaluated on Sunday. If he is deemed ready at that point, Beltre would have a chance to make his 2017 debut at home against the Rays when the Rangers open their eight-game homestand on Monday.

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• Reliever Jose Leclerc threw off a mound Friday in Texas and experienced no pain or setbacks. On Sunday, Leclerc is scheduled to be assigned to the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. The plan is to have Leclerc throw one inning that day then pitch at home on Tuesday. The 23-year-old was a bright spot in the Rangers' bullpen before hitting the DL with a bruised finger, posting a 2.31 ERA and 18 strikeouts over just 11 2/3 innings.

Tyson Ross felt fine after throwing a bullpen session Friday and is continuing to make progress in his return from offseason shoulder surgery. The right-hander is scheduled to make another rehab start Monday for Triple-A Round Rock with limits of six innings and 90 pitches. In his first official rehab outing on Tuesday, Ross threw five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out five.

Hanser Alberto participated in a simulated game on Friday, playing seven innings at shortstop. Alberto made a standout defensive play, coming in on a ball and throwing across his body, and collected two hits in three at-bats with one strikeout. Alberto has been out all season with right shoulder soreness and was moved from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL on May 16.

Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.