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Beltre thinks he’s OK

Adrian Beltre suffered what the Red Sox described as a strained left hamstring while running out a groundball in the fifth inning.

He stayed in the game for the bottom of the inning then was taken out.

“Hopefully it’s more of a cramp. That would be the hope. He didn’t want to come out,” manager Terry Francona said. “Once we got the lead he kind of relented.

“We’ll check him out. Obviously with the three days off and him going to the All-Star game, we’ll stay with him daily. He’ll check in every day and see how he’s doing.”

Beltre though the injury was a serious one at first. But his condition improved quickly once he got off his feet.

“It’s tough to tell because I thought it was going to be worse. It felt like something was going to pop and every time I curled my legs I got a cramp on it,” he said. “Hopefully tomorrow it feels better.”

The Red Sox would move to exclude Beltre from playing if they feel there is any danger of his becoming more injured. After being selected to the team for the first time, Beltre is eager to participate. He is hitting .330 with 13 home runs and 55 RBIs.

“So far I’m playing for now if they ask me to. But we’ll see how it feels tomorrow,” he said.

Beltre said he would not take any unnecessary risks.

“If I don’t feel good, I won’t play,” he said. “It’s the All-Star game, but I don’t want to screw up the season for a couple at-bats in an exhibition game. I’ll be cautious on that.”


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