Beltre returns to lineup against Orioles

Beltre returns to lineup against Orioles

BOSTON -- After missing Sunday's game with a sprained left wrist, third baseman Adrian Beltre went 0-for-3 with an intentional walk in the Red Sox's 4-2 loss to the Orioles on Monday.

Beltre rolled over his left wrist diving for a John McDonald single in the fourth inning of Saturday's 4-3 loss. Beltre stayed in Saturday's game, but he was sent to Massachusetts General Hospital Sunday morning for tests, which revealed he had a mild strain.

"[He's] certainly good enough to play," manager Terry Francona said. "He got checked as we talked about yesterday. Everything's fine. He just has a strain. He had it taped up yesterday and was ready to go yesterday. I don't see anything slowing him down much. If it did, we'll keep an eye on him. But he's not going to say anything."

Beltre, who leads the team with a .329 average and 98 RBIs, has appeared in all but five games for the Sox. Before Sunday, he last missed a game in Texas on July 15, when he was hampered by a nagging hamstring.

Maureen Mullen is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.