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The Mets expect Carlos Beltran to be on the Opening Day roster

Mar 28, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT


It looked like a longshot even a couple of days ago, but after playing five innings in right field in minor league games on Saturday and Sunday, the Mets intend to have Carlos Beltran on the Opening Day roster.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Beltran is expected to be in the starting lineup for tomorrow’s Grapefruit League game against the Nationals, which means the Mets would lose the ability to backdate a potential DL-stint.

“Carlos said he’s feeling good and he’s ready to go,” Sandy Alderson said. “At some point you’ve got to move forward. I do think it’s valuable for him to play in major league [spring-training] games. That would be an advantage over the last couple of days. It does present a risk. Look, at some point you’ve got to roll the dice. Given his firmness about how he feels and the fact that he’s ready to go, I think we’ve decided that this is probably the best thing for us.”

Beltran has appeared in just one Grapefruit League game this spring, so Collins indicated that he may drop the veteran outfielder in the lineup until he shakes the rust. Rubin believes the Mets will also likely use a defensive replacement late in games and give Beltran scheduled days off in order to keep his knees fresh.

  1. BC - Mar 28, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Great. Wonderful. Rush him back, get him injured so he becomes untradeable. Woopee.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 28, 2011 at 2:44 PM

      So is Beltran your new Mike Hampton?

      • BC - Mar 28, 2011 at 3:14 PM

        No. Reyes is.

  2. Dan in Katonah - Mar 28, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    I have to assume (pray) the new regime knows what it’s doing by putting him in a ML spring game thereby not allowing them to backdate a possible DL trip. So rather than be the pessimistic Mets fan that Omar and co. beat me into over the past 4 years, I will look at this as a good sign that he is really going to be healthy and productive.

    On an unrelated note, you should check out this awesome bridge I just bought down in Brooklyn…

  3. xmatt0926x - Mar 28, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Beltran is no dummy. He wants to play right away and do well so he can get traded out of Dodge! He’s likely already dreaming of what contending team he hopes to be playing for at the trade deadline.

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