Adrian Beltre is having a nice month of June, batting .400 with four home runs and 21 RBI, and has been an integral part of getting the Rangers off the schneid.
He has four hits in the Rangers’ back-to-back wins, including a two-run home run and the decisive sac fly on Friday.
Beltre’s success is crucial for what has been an anemic Texas offense at times this season.
“He’s our big gun,” manager Ron Washington said. “It’s important for Beltre too. To me, Beltre isn’t doing anything different. He got off to a slow start, but once he finds it he usually holds on to it.”
“Instead of trying to put eight guys on his back and carry eight guys, he’s doing what Beltre is capable of doing,” Washington said.
Wash said the reason for Beltre’s success is that he is using the whole field.
“He’s taking what the pitchers give him. Now you’re seeing base hits everywhere on the field and all kinds,” he said. “Early in the year it was one kind, in the air.”
Beltre’s three hits Saturday went to right, center and left field, and marked his 13th multi-hit game of the month.
Soto catching again
Geovany Soto, who is recovering from knee surgery and hasn’t played in 2014, has started throwing to bases over the weekend, and took live batting practice on back-to-back days.
Soto caught a full bullpen for Nick Tepesch Sunday and will be one of the catchers in the bullpen during the game, to get used to catching live pitching.
Even though the catcher’s return will come later than originally projected, Washington said Soto is making good progress.
“So far, so good. He’s moving along,” Washington said.
The goal is for Soto to return after the All-Star Break.