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 Posted: Thu Sep 28th, 2017 02:18 am
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With the Texas Rangers officially eliminated from playoff contention, manager Jeff Banister announced Wednesday that veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre has been shut down for the remainder of the season, per Jeff Wilson from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Hampered by lingering discomfort in his hamstring since returning from the disabled list Sept. 13, Beltre had served exclusively at designated hitter for the past two weeks until making an unexpected start at third base in Tuesday's fate-sealing, 14-3 loss to the Houston Astros. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Beltre was lifted for pinch-hitter Will Middlebrooks, effectively ending his season.

Limited to just 93 games in 2017 due to a litany of injuries, Beltre, a four-time All-Star, admitted following Tuesday's game that this season - the first in a two-year, $36-million extension - didn't go as planned.

"I wasn’t able to be on the field enough to help these guys out," Beltre told reporters, including Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I was able to come back and play well enough to contribute and then had another injury and I was really disappointed. So, no doubt, you can say it's my most disappointing season."

When healthy, Beltre was his usual, superb self this year, hitting .311/.382/.533 (134 OPS+) with 17 homers, 22 doubles, and 3.1 WAR. Had he been on the field more, he said the Rangers may well have made it to the postseason for a third straight year.

“If I was able to be on the field it’d be a different case," he said. "Who knows if me and a couple other guys didn’t get hurt for quite a bit of time, it would have been different."