E. Beltre over painful Spring Training
ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Engel Beltre is bracing for a long rehabilitation process after a pain-filled Spring Training. Beltre is on the 60-day disabled list with a fractured tibia in his right leg and is not expected back for another two months at least.
The injury occurred when Beltre was hit by a pitch during winter ball. Beltre spent six weeks in Spring Training trying to make the team while dealing with the pain.
"It was on and off," Beltre said. "I would get treatment and it would get better, and then it would get worse. The last week I was limping."
Beltre said he wasn't trying too hard because he was out of options and had to make the team or be exposed to outright waivers.
"I was doing the same thing I was doing every year, playing my game," Beltre said. "Every year my goal is just to do my job and do as much as I can."
Beltre is one of five Rangers on the 60-day disabled list along with pitchers Derek Holland and Jose Ortiz, catcher Geovany Soto and infielder Jurickson Profar. Beltre, Soto and Profar are all in Arlington to continue treatment, but have not progressed to any significant baseball activities.