ARLINGTON -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre was back in the lineup on Wednesday, one day after getting hit in the back of the head on a pitch thrown by Red Sox reliever Vicente Padilla. Beltre, who was hit in the eighth inning of the Rangers' 2-1 loss, had to leave the game, but was cleared to play on Wednesday.
"I got up this morning and I felt fine," Beltre said. "It didn't look pretty, but there's nothing wrong with me. I thought I was going to have to fight my way into the lineup, but I'm fine."
Beltre reiterated that he did not think Padilla was deliberately throwing at him. Beltre was batting with two outs and a runner on third with the game tied at 1 when he was hit.
"It just got away," Beltre said. "He already knows me, but I don't think he did it on purpose. We know his reputation, but I think, based on the situation, he wouldn't hit me on purpose. Plus, I don't have a history with him.
"I've got two strikeouts. I was trying to hit the ball up the middle, so I have to see the ball to be able to do that. It wasn't a slow breaking ball, so I couldn't just turn my head around. I wasn't expecting the pitch. When I saw the ball coming at me, I just tried to turn my head and my face and turn my shoulder, but it was too late."
Beltre is the Rangers' cleanup hitter. In the first inning of Wednesday's game, Rangers pitcher Derek Holland hit Red Sox cleanup hitter Adrian Gonzalez. Holland's pitch hit Gonzalez on the hip.