The word from Adrian Beltre on Monday was that his left hamstring was good enough, and that was good enough for manager Ron Washington to put Beltre back in the Texas Rangers' lineup.

Beltre started for the first time in five games in the opener of a four-game series against Baltimore. He was the designated hitter, a spot he will hold until he is deemed fit to play third base.

Washington said that could be as soon as tonight, but he didn't set a date for the Gold Glove winner's return to the infield. Beltre took an extensive set of grounders during early batting practice and was moving well, Washington said.

Beltre has plenty of experience nursing hamstring injuries. He suffered two strains last summer and was not at full speed when he returned Sept. 1.