01/13/12 1:21 AM EST
Beltre claims he's healthy, ready to go for Spring
By Todd Wills / Special to MLB.com
"I feel good," Beltre said. "It's always good. Right now I'm good."
Beltre will begin his second season with the Rangers, and said he will be in more of a comfort zone now that he's gotten to know his teammates and manager. Beltre tied for fifth in home runs in the American League with 32 despite playing in only 124 games because of a hamstring injury.
"It's going to be easier for me," Beltre said. "I already know the guys. Last year was a process to get to know everybody. Now I know everybody and how they are, and how I can approach guys."
Unlike last year, Young enjoying calm offseason
ARLINGTON -- Rangers designated hitter/infielder Michael Young said on Thursday that he has had a calm offseason, a year after making a position change and demanding a trade that didn't happen.
"It's definitely a little easier," Young said. "I put that in the past a while ago. I prefer quiet offseasons -- trust me."
Young had to deal with questions about his status on the team when he first got to spring training last February. He was expected to move down in the batting order to fifth or sixth, but ended up batting third, cleanup or fifth for most of the season.
He made most of his starts at designated hitter, but also played every infield position, filling the "super utility role" that the club wanted him to take on at the start of the 2011 season.
Young said he has several things he wants to work on during spring training -- he played first base for just the first time last season.
"There are a lot of things," Young said. "I keep them close to the vest. I can pick a part of my game and find something I need to get better at."
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.