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Carlos Beltran is in shape, running without a knee brace

Feb 18, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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Let’s just consider this another one of those posts where the headline says it all. But the guild requires a body as well as a headline so let us just note that Ken Davidoff is reporting that Beltran is feeling great and, unlike last year, is running without a brace on his bum knee.

This is a big year for Beltran, obviously, given that his deal is up after the season.  If he can show that he’s healthy and that speed is still a part of his game, he’s going to make himself some money.  If he’s gimpy and fragile, he’s going to be cast into that giant vat of once-great, but now merely good bats that make the DH/LF rounds each winter like Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon and the like.

Based on how he was swinging late last year and these optimistic health reports, I think Beltran is likely to avoid that track and will be be a regular outfielder for a few more years.  At least I hope so.  I like watching the dude play.

 

  1. spudchukar - Feb 18, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    I watched him almost single-handedly destroy my Cards in the playoffs a few years ago. At one-time there was not anything he couldn’t do, except stay healthy I guess. Damn Graceful.

  2. mattymatty - Feb 18, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    This would be much funnier if the word “brace” weren’t on the end of the title.

  3. cur68 - Feb 18, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    For the sake of your delicate digestion Mr. Calcaterra, I hope you are right and its a return to form. Would you say he’s in the best shape of his life or the fourth best shape?

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