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Beltran likely out until after All-Star break

May 27, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

beltran home plate.jpgMets outfielder Carlos Beltran has been recovering from knee surgery all season and, according to’s Anthony DiComo, isn’t nearly done.

Beltran has yet to resume full baseball activities and Mets general manager Omar Minaya said Thursday that the outfielder will need between six-to-eight weeks of rehab once he’s cleared to do so.  In other words, he still has a long, long road ahead.  DiComo, in fact, suspects that he won’t be back before the mid-July All-Star break.

Luckily, backup outfielder Angel Pagan has filled in gracefully in center field for the Mets, who are 24-23 and right in the thick of things in the National League East.  Pagan is batting .300 with three home runs, 20 RBI and eight stolen bases in 46 games this year.

  1. john pileggi - May 28, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    Pagan has made a case to be the right fielder when Beltran returns. After a torrid start, Francouer has been struggling and has been demoted to 8th in the order. Pagan deserves to play someplace and RF is the logical spot. Gary Matthews Jr. seems to be out of the mix, so Francouer perhaps takes his place on the bench once they release or find a taker for Jr.

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