02/25/11 11:45 AM EST
Beltre may miss two weeks with calf strain
Rangers plan to be cautious with newly signed third baseman
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
2010 Spring Training - Major League Baseball
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"Not at this juncture," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "We are handling this in a very responsible and conservative manner, considering who the player is."Beltre was signed to a six-year, $96 million contract to be the Rangers' third baseman. He replaces Michael Young, who is moving to designated hitter and utility infielder. Young is also not in camp; he is away for two days on family business but is expected to be back on Saturday. Both are missing the Rangers' intrasquad games. Chris Davis and Brian Barden will play third base on Friday. Beltre has had occasional back issues in Spring Training but has never had a problem with his calf muscle. He has been on the disabled list just twice in the past nine years. Both times were in 2009 because of left shoulder surgery to remove bone surs and then a severely contused right testicle. He has played in at least 143 games in eight of the past nine seasons.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.