Beltre rests hamstring, discusses future

Rangers star waiting until offseason to address beyond 2018

August 21st, 2018

OAKLAND -- Third baseman is focused on getting his left hamstring healthy and being on the field for the Rangers.
Any decision about retirement will come in the offseason, Beltre said Monday.
"Everything on the baseball field, everything with my family, everything with how I feel mentally is going to be part of it," Beltre said. "But I'm not going to make a decision until the season is over. Bring it all together and be at peace with which way I'm going to go. I might answer those questions, but I might not be truthful because I don't know myself.
"If I feel like I can't hit anymore, which sometimes this year I've felt that I can't hit anymore, if I can't compete with the young guys, yes, I'll pack up my bags and go home. As of right now, I'm not at that stage yet. I might be there at the end of the year."
Beltre, 39, joked he did not want to be like former NFL quarterback Brett Favre, who kept announcing his retirement and coming back. Favre retired from the Green Bay Packers after the 2007 season and ended up playing three more years with other teams.
Beltre said once he retires, he's walking away for good.
"I want to be clear of mind that if this is the last day I'm going to play, I'm going to be comfortable in the decision that I'm not coming back," Beltre said. "I've been playing this game for 20-plus years. I love this. Once I quit, I don't know what else to do. So, I want to be clear in my mind that this is what I want to do and that I'll be OK with it and my family will be OK with it."
Beltre is in his 21st Major League season and eighth with the Rangers.He's in the last year of his contract, and his playing time has been limited because of a strained left hamstring that has put him on the disabled list twice this season. He reinjured the hamstring last Monday against the D-backs and has played just once since then.
Beltre was the Rangers' designated hitter on Saturday night in an 11-7 loss to the Angels and did not take his last at-bat in a game that ended after midnight. He did not play on Sunday and was out of the lineup again on Monday night against the Athletics. The Rangers are planning to use him on Tuesday and Wednesday at DH.
"Kind of where we are at, another 24 hours will help him," manager Jeff Banister said.
Beltre is limited in his running and will likely be relegated to DH duty when he does play. The Rangers have not discussed putting him on the disabled list.
"He is available to us, so there is no need to put him on the DL," Banister said.
Beltre admitted the mounting injuries could be a factor in his decision. His physical situation could lead Beltre to call it a career, but he also might not want to walk away after a season like this.
"It could be," Beltre said. "I don't want to tell you which way, but it could be."
Minor ready to return
Left-hander Mike Minor, sidelined with back tightness, is close to returning to the rotation. The Rangers have tentatively scheduled to pitch on Tuesday and Minor to go on Wednesday against the A's.
"If he continues to progress like he has been, Minor will start on Wednesday," Banister said. "Anytime a guy is hurt and is getting treatment and gets pushed back, we'll wait to solidify that."
That would leave the Rangers with , and to start the weekend series against the Giants. But Hutchison will be in the bullpen for the three games against the A's in case the Rangers need a long reliever.
Rangers beat
• Relievers Tony Barnette (right shoulder strain) and Matt Bush (strained right elbow) are both on the road trip with the Rangers but are still limited to doing their throwing on flat ground.
• Outfielder , out with a strained back, is also on the trip. He is taking full batting practice and doing extra work in the hope of being ready for a rehab assignment next week.
had four RBIs in the Rangers' 4-2 win over the Angels on Sunday. The last time a player had all the Rangers' RBIs in a victory with four or more runs scored was Rafael Palmeiro on July 9, 1993, in a 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.