TORONTO – This says a lot about Adrian Beltre's importance to the Texas Rangers: They miss his presence when he's not even playing.
Beltre, who has yet to play this season because of a sore calf, left the club on Wednesday for rehab activities in Arizona. Texas lost five games in a row after his departure before beating the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.
While attending to his injury, Beltre has been away from the club 14 games, 13 of those on the road. Texas is 4-11 in those games.
The good news: Beltre returned to Texas from Arizona on Saturday night after three games at extended spring training. He went 3-for-7 Saturday and was 7-for-17 overall. He will join the team Monday and could be activated for the game with Tampa Bay.
"When he hasn't been here, sometimes, it's a little hard to figure out which direction to go," shortstop Elvis Andrus said. "When he's here, it's like, 'Dad is home.' "
When the topic of Beltre's absence was raised Saturday, manager Jeff Banister shook his head dismissively. He said the record when Beltre was absent is a coincidence, adding: "I think this is a professional clubhouse. These guys still play hard. They are still a confident group."
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