Beltre injury shows Michael Young's value

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Adrian Beltre's calf muscle strain will have him out of games for 10 to 14 days. It's only spring training, and the Rangers will take what assistant GM Thad Levine called a "responsible and conservative" approach to be sure Beltre is 100 percent healthy for Opening Day.

But the injury is a reminder that Michael Young's versatility is of big value to the Rangers. Young is not in camp today as he deals with a family matter, but he's expected back this weekend. If this had happened during the regular season, Young would slide right in at third, a position he played the past two seasons, and allow Beltre to heal.

Young requested a trade weeks ago and the club said it would only deal him if it made the team better. So far, they haven't found a deal that fits that criteria. Manager Ron Washington has continually talked about wanting Young's bat in the lineup and how important it is to have his versatility in the infield.

Today is a reminder that injuries happen. Ian Kinsler was on the DL twice in 2010 (and at least once in each of the past five seasons). Beltre, who has been healthy most of his career and isn't a guy who's on the DL often, is dealing with a calf injury right now. Elvis Andrus dealt with fatigue in 2010 and Washington wants to be sure he gets his young shortstop some downtime. In other words: Young will get some playing time. If this was the regular season, he'd be in the game at third base today.