Tigers vs. Rangers: Adrian Beltre Expects To Play With Injured Knee

Adrian Beltre will likely wake up in pain on Wednesday, and he'll have no one but himself to blame. He repeatedly fouled pitches off his legs in Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Tigers, starting with a glancing blow off his left shin in the first inning and a direct hit to his left knee in the fourth.

The hit to the knee is the one that appeared to do the most damage. It knocked him to the ground, as you can see in the screengrab from @cjzero on Twitter:

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Beltre needed on-field attention from the Rangers' training staff before he could finish the at-bat, eventually grounding out to third base to complete the plate appearance while running to first with a noticeable limp. After the game, Beltre underwent an X-ray, which was negative. He told reporters that he expects to play Wednesday, but Ron Washington suggested additional tests were needed. From the Detroit News:

"He's getting an MRI and we'll know more about it (Wednesday)," Washington said. "It wasn't a difficult call for me. He said he wanted to stay in."

Assuming he's cleared to play, Beltre will likely continue to be hobbled -- not that he expects that to be a problem. From Ken Rosenthal

"I'm not speedy," he told reporters. "I don't need to run hard."

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