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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Adrian Beltre open to DHing more after latest hamstring injury

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Adrian Beltre is open to serving as a DH more after experiencing problems with his hamstring this season.

Beltre was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a hamstring strain and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. This is the second time he’s been placed on the DL this season because of his hamstring.

When speaking with reporters, Beltre talked about serving as a DH more to prolong his career.

I can be a part-time DH. There is no doubt that if I want to play more games that maybe DH will be more realistic for me to consider. And I have. I think if I play more DH I can prolong my career,” Beltre said, via the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “I need to see what the opportunity is and when I’m ready to play, we can discuss that again. I’m just here to do whatever the team wants me to do.”

Beltre, 39, has played in 29 games this season and fared well, batting .314 with a .797 OPS. He certainly can still swing an effective stick, but if his body is unable to handle the rigors of being a full-time player, perhaps DHing more would be wise. Maybe he could split some time there with Shin-Soo Choo in the future.


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