ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre was the designated hitter in the Rangers' final three games in Oakland as he deals with a sore left shoulder. Now the question is, will he be at third base for the Rangers' Wild Card game against Baltimore on Friday?
Manager Ron Washington said Beltre came out of Wednesday's 12-5 loss to Oakland in good shape. But the manager hasn't made a decision on whether Beltre will be back at third on Friday.
"I'll make that decision [Friday] when Adrian gets here," Washington said. "We'll sit down and see how he feels."
It's likely Beltre will try and plead his way into playing third, something he's done repeatedly down the stretch, asking Washington to let him play despite various ailments.
Beltre aggravated a shoulder injury trying to make a diving stop during Sunday's doubleheader against the Angels.