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Adrian Beltre focused on September, not his future

Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre is trying to keep his attention focused on helping the team finish the season on an upswing. (Michael Ainsworth / Associated Press)
By Stephen Hawkins Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas – Adrian Beltre says he wants to stay healthy and help the last-place Texas Rangers finish strong in the last month of the season. Baseball’s active career hits leader still isn’t saying whether it will be the last few weeks of his career.

The 39-year-old third baseman has been bothered by hamstring issues throughout this season. Beltre has missed 28 games during two stays on the disabled list and has been primarily a designated hitter in the last month.

Beltre said before Monday’s home game against the Los Angeles Angels, when he was listed as the DH for the ninth time in his last 10 starts, that he was “close to 100 percent” and expected to play third base on Tuesday.

This is his 21st major league season, his eighth with the Rangers. He says he’s not thinking about if he will play again next season, and will make that decision during the offseason.

Beltre has 3,144 career hits and 470 home runs.