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Injured shortstop Tim Beckham hopes he can play in Orioles' final four games of season

Pittsburgh — Orioles shortstop Tim Beckham, who was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game with a right hamstring injury, said he's unsure whether he will be able to play in the team's final four games.

But Beckham hopes he's able to play in the Orioles' final series of the year this weekend against the Rays, which will mark his first trip back to Tampa Bay since the Rays traded him July 31 at the nonwaiver trade deadline.

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"I have no idea," Beckham said Tuesday when asked whether he'll be able to play again this season. "I'm going to go day-to-day and trust what Richie [Bancells, the Orioles' head athletic trainer] is saying and trust what he feels and what he sees and go about it that way. I definitely want to be out there for the Tampa series for sure."

Beckham left Saturday's game after running out a ninth-inning single, grabbing the back of his hamstring after running past first base.

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Beckham said his leg has been tight for the past "couple weeks" but said it was nothing that would have kept him out of the starting lineup.

"Everything I was feeling I could play through and I continued to play through," Beckham said. "Just grabbed on me that last at-bat running down the line in the ninth inning. Right now you just don't want to rush it and get out there and make the situation a lot worse than what it is."

Beckham's bat anchored the Orioles' August resurgence — he had 50 hits in 29 games and posted a 1.062 OPS — but he's cooled in September, hitting .188/.266/.365 in 20 games.

"But yeah, just being out there every day and contributing and helping the team win a ballgame means a lot to me, and it kind of sucks just sitting around the locker room not being able to do anything right now," Beckham said.

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