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After missing 70 games, Beltran rejoins Mets tonight

Sep 8, 2009, 1:37 PM EDT

Out since mid-June with a knee injury, Carlos Beltran is expected to rejoin the Mets tonight.
New York has gone 27-42 since Beltran landed on the disabled list, which makes his opting against simply sitting out the final four weeks of a lost season pretty admirable.
Here’s what Beltran had to say about his decision:

I don’t want to sit back. I’m a ballplayer. When you’re a ballplayer, your job is being able to rehab yourself and if that’s the last game of the season, then play the last game of the season. That’s what we’re here for, that’s what we get paid for.

Beltran was having an MVP-caliber season prior to going on the shelf, doing his usual solid work defensively while hitting .336/.425/.527 with 29 extra-base hits, 11 steals, 40 RBIs, and 40 runs in 60 games despite playing through the knee injury for half that time. I’ve long felt that Beltran was among the more underappreciated stars in baseball and his trying to finish this year on something resembling a high note makes me an even bigger fan.

  1. hop - Sep 8, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    70 days for a knee injury? Talk about milking the DL!! Yeah i admire the fact he got full pay without having to do squat for it!

  2. Grant - Sep 8, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Beltran has played 140 games or more all but one season prior to this one since becoming a regular. There is absolutely no reason to accuse him of ever milking an injury in order to receive full pay for time he didn’t need to miss.

  3. Frank - Sep 8, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Hop, You have no idea what you are talking about. Beltram’s injury might be career ending. Part of the cartilage in his knee is completely gone which will likely mean that he will eventualy need a knee replacement. It is a very painful injury requiring microfracture repair with no weightbearing for 6 to 8 weeks followed by months of rehab.

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