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Giants may make decision on possible DL stint for Carlos Beltran tomorrow

Aug 12, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

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Carlos Beltran is out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game tonight with a strained right hand/wrist and it sounds like the Giants are close to making a decision about placing him on the disabled list.

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Beltran has only made “marginal improvement” since receiving a cortisone shot Wednesday. While he was able to pick up a bat today for the first time since the injury, he is still feeling some pain in the back of his hand when he swings.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said they plan to wait until tomorrow to see if he makes further progress, but it sounds like a roster move isn’t far away.

“It’s so vital to swinging the bat to have your hand healthy enough to take a normal swing,” Bochy said. “Once he feels strong enough to handle the bat and take a normal swing, we’ll do it. We can’t risk losing him for a long period of time. We’ve got to be smart about it. This is a sensitive area.”

Beltran is batting .244/.261/.356 with one double, two triples and an 11/1 K/BB ratio over 46 plate appearances since being acquired from the Mets last month.

Nate Schierholtz is out of the lineup for the second straight game tonight with a sore right hip, so Aaron Rowand, Andres Torres and Cody Ross are starting from left to right in the outfield tonight against the Marlins.

  1. xxakshunxx - Aug 12, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Remember when you guys (HardballTalk) tried to act like you knew Beltran was a better signing than Hunter Pence.. yeah, hows that been working out so far with the Phillies and Giants… this is why people shouldn’t comment about most players if they dont know what they’re talking about

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 13, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      The experts are always right…until they are wrong. Well done by the Phillies to get Pence instead Beltran.

  2. bigleagues - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    The SF (baseball) Giants MUST be – among the sports medicine doctors in this country – considered the among the most desirable gigs.

  3. shmed105 - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Thank goodness the Phillies got Pence and not this guy.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    I guess it once again needs to be said…YOU FORGOT TO PUT “OVERRATED” IN FRONT OF CARLOS BELTRAN IN THE HEADLINE!!!!!

  5. garlicfriesandbaseball - Aug 13, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    I’d like to have a look at how many players have been on each team’s DL this year. Giants have to be right up there at the top and it’s startihg to be a little irritating you know? Here’s my latest post that deals with it ~

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