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Carlos Beltran scratched from Saturday’s lineup with swelling in right eye

May 14, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

Carlos Beltran, Chip Hale

Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Carlos Beltran has been scratched from this afternoon’s lineup against the Astros after waking up with swelling in his right eye.

“Maybe I scratched it during the night,” Beltran said. “It just burns. It’s burning inside, on top of it.”

Beltran was given eye drops by team trainers and will see a doctor. Fernando Martinez, who hit his second major league home run in last night’s comeback victory, will take his place in right field.

Any lengthy absence is a tough blow for a lineup that is already missing first baseman Ike Davis. Beltran is batting .341 (14-for-41) over his last 12 games and currently leads the National League with 13 doubles while ranking third in slugging percentage (.587) and sixth in OPS (.971).

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