ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre was hoping to get back in the lineup for the Texas Rangers this week before being told he was going on the disabled list instead because of a strained left quadriceps muscle.
"I did not agree with the decision. It was out of my hands," Beltre said Monday, a day after the DL move was made. "Obviously the medical staff and the front office thought it was best. ... I have no say over that."
The Rangers are being cautious, and the 35-year-old third baseman even acknowledged that the move was "probably smart."
Beltre said he was ready to try to play Tuesday night in the second game of the home series against Seattle. He played five seasons for the Mariners before joining the Rangers as a free agent before the 2011 season.
After coming out of a game at Boston last Tuesday, Beltre returned to Texas for a medical exam and an MRI. With the disabled list move retroactive to Wednesday, the earliest he will be eligible to be activated is April 24, an off day for the Rangers.
Even while dealing with hamstring issues most of last season, Beltre played 161 games. His last DL stint was for five weeks late in the 2011 season because of a left hamstring strain.