Adrian Beltre's debut with his new team will have to wait a short while.
Beltre, a former Seattle Mariners third baseman who joined the Texas Rangers in the offseason, will miss at least the first week of spring training games because of a strained right calf that is still bothering him.
“It’s better to happen now than the season,” Beltre said Friday in Surprise, Ariz. “Now is enough time to be ready to break camp healthy, 100 percent.”
Assistant general manager Thad Levine said the Rangers will be cautious with Beltre after a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed an over-extension of the muscle but no tear.
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Texas signed Beltre last month to an $80 million, five-year contract that can also include an additional sixth season for $16 million more.
The Rangers expect Beltre to be ready for the start of the season April 1 against Boston.
“I think we’re handling this in a very responsible and conservative matter considering where we are in the spring and the nature of who the player is,” Levine said.
Beltre said he initially felt discomfort in the calf after working out on a treadmill at home before reporting to spring training.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Kendry Morales should be ready to play by opening day.
The slugger’s 2010 season ended when he broke his leg while jumping on home plate to celebrate a game-ending grand slam against the Mariners on May 29.
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