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Carlos Beltran has not been shut down

Mar 9, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

Carlos Beltran

The Mets may have a new front office regime and a new manager, but their communication skills clearly haven’t improved from the Omar Minaya era.

New general manager Sandy Alderson told Joel Sherman of the New York Post on Tuesday that outfielder Carlos Beltran would be “shut down” for at least 4-5 days due to tendinitis in his left knee.

But he wasn’t shut down. Not at all, actually.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Beltran went through a pretty normal spring workout on Wednesday in camp and told Mets skipper Terry Collins that his knee is already beginning to feel much better:

“He threw,” Collins informed ESPN New York. “He took some swings in the cage And he said his leg felt a lot better. He showed me a couple of things that he couldn’t do yesterday that he could do today. It was a pretty good day. As I told him, I’m looking forward to probably early next week to hopefully get him back in there.”

Perhaps Alderson meant that Beltran had been shut down from playing in Grapefruit League games, not shut down altogether. Either way, it sounds like the newly-named Mets right fielder is on the right track toward recovery from his left knee issues. He is still hoping to be ready for Opening Day.

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