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Carlos Beltran could DH in a minor league game tomorrow

Mar 21, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

Carlos Beltran

According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, Carlos Beltran could be the designated hitter in a minor league game tomorrow.

Beltran took limited batting practice from both sides of the plate Monday, so the Mets will see how his knee responds tomorrow. Even if he plays, the Mets plan to use a pinch-runner for him if he gets on base, so it doesn’t sound like he’s ready to run at full speed quite yet.

Popper writes that the Mets have Beltran penciled in for three games this spring, but I’d very surprised if any of them were in the Grapefruit League. If they keep him in minor league games only, they could backdate a potential DL-stint and have him back as soon as the second series of the season against the Phillies. Of course, expecting him back that soon might be a tad on the optimistic side.

  1. henryd3rd - Mar 21, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    He’s auditioning for his next career move, DH. That’s about the only way he’ll stay in the Bigs otherwise he might consider the broadcast booth; because he can’t stay healthy playing in the outfield.

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