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Carlos Beltran nearly ready to begin running

Apr 8, 2010, 9:34 PM EDT

beltran sliding.JPGESPN New York’s Adam Rubin chatted Thursday with a “source with knowledge of [Carlos] Beltran’s progress” and learned that the Mets outfielder is just about to start a running program.

Once Beltran is able to run sprints and travel the bases without discomfort, it will only be a week or two before he is cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment.  The 32-year-old underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on January 13 and is slowly making his way back to full strength.  He’s expected to rejoin the big league club sometime around mid-May.

Gary Matthews Jr. has been getting most of the looks in center field with Beltran out.  Angel Pagan is also expected to get a nice chunk of playing time.

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