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Carlos Beltran “doubtful” to play Friday after cortisone shot

Aug 11, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

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Carlos Beltran got a cortisone shot in his injured wrist and manager Bruce Bochy said during a radio interview this morning that he’s “doubtful” to return to the lineup tomorrow following the Giants’ off day.

That seemingly makes a trip to the disabled list realistic, as Friday would be the fourth game Beltran has missed after tweaking his wrist on a swing Sunday.

Top prospect Zack Wheeler was the high price the Giants paid for what they thought would be 57 games of Beltran’s big bat boosting their sagging lineup, but he hit just .244 with a .616 OPS through his first 11 games and looks likely to spend at least 15-20 percent of that projected time in San Francisco on the sidelines.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 11, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Aaron, you once again forgot “overrated” in the headline…..just saying

    • FC - Aug 11, 2011 at 4:27 PM

      Whoa Chris, settle down. Not just ANY player gets to wear the “overrated” badge. You have to hit at least .347 BA with a .981 OPS, 3 HRs and 9 RBIs in 12 games in order to have the privilege. That’s a rough metric, we will adjust it better as time goes on.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 11, 2011 at 4:29 PM

        FC, Beltran is a loser and will continue to prove it. Mark my words. A loser.

      • FC - Aug 11, 2011 at 4:55 PM

        Biceps I know, my “overrated” comment was being sarcastic.

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 11, 2011 at 4:37 PM

      I thought Hunter Pence was the only one that’s overrated.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Aug 11, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    To San Francisco: You got what you got. A broken down former Mutt. This guy is the poster child for the DL. He is what we thought he was.

  3. granted42 - Aug 11, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Batting .244, over 30, and DL bound. Sounds like he’ll get an 3 year/$30million deal from Sabian this Winter.

    • dlevalley - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:07 PM

      Probably. And Brandon Belt will play all year at AAA in 2012 because we’ll have Huff and Beltran in the lineup.

  4. sdelmonte - Aug 11, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Alderson looks pretty smart, all things considered.

    But I still feel bad for Beltran.

    • dlevalley - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:11 PM

      Why all the thumbs down? I’ve never gotten the hate for Beltran. I’ve never followed one of his teams closely, but JoePo has written a fair amount about how hard Beltran works.

      It seems he’s been blamed for being hurt (he’s actually played with regularity until the last two years) and for team collapses, during which he’s hit pretty well. And that one passed ball… Sure sounds like Narrative taking over for reality to me.

      But I’m a Giants fan. I’ll probably hate the guy in two months.

      • jamie54 - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:32 PM

        Because the guy, supposedly, has all the talent but not the ‘it’ it takes to be a winner and carry a team. A-fraud crumbled with the tag and only succeeded until he jumped on the Yankee wagon, along with all the other All-Stars. To get Beltran alone and think that move was enough was iffy but sometimes that’s what it takes. He’s damaged goods, like Reyes. Can catch lightning in a bottle for a short period of time but who knows how long that will last. Let Boras get him the next contract with his ‘book’, 2 games on, 4 games off, etc. That I’d love to see.

  5. 5thbase - Aug 11, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Often times the best trade is the one you don’t make. They could experience the same kind of miracle as they did last year, but I really don’t think the Giants would put up enough offense to advance through the playoffs this year no matter who they had traded for because if that player was really any good he would just get pitched around. Giving up a top prospect for a washed up player with no knees was just desperate.

    But I like it. Go D’backs!

  6. phillyphever - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Dear Ruben,

    Thanks again for getting Pence and not Beltran.


    Phillies fans everywhere.

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:56 PM

      NinJr. only floated that so-called rumor so nobody saw what he was actually doing. There’s no way he would’ve brought him here. But he’s all ninja-like, so who knows?

      • FC - Aug 11, 2011 at 11:20 PM

        I’m sure his ring tone is “Hoodie Ninja”

  7. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Aug 11, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    I was saying it constantly before the trade deadline, not worth trading for when he’s a rental who could break down on you at any point in time. Missy Mike was wrong about him, as were many people who listen to him, as were many people who read this. The Phillies went and got pance without giving up all they had for him, and they’re gonna have him for a while, and look what he’s done for the team so far.

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