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Carlos Beltran back in Cardinals’ lineup after missed week

Mar 12, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

Carlos Beltran AP

Carlos Beltran hasn’t played since the Grapefruit League opener, sitting out a week with a sore shoulder and the flu, but he’s back in the Cardinals’ lineup today.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll start at designated hitter and bat third in a split-squad game against the Braves.

Allen Craig is unlikely to be recovered from knee surgery before May, so the Cardinals can’t afford to have Beltran too far behind schedule heading into Opening Day. Beltran missed significant amounts of the 2009 and 2010 seasons with injuries, but played 142 games last year while hitting .300 with 22 homers and a .910 OPS.

  1. henryd3rd - Mar 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    The Cardinals are the perfect landing spot for Beltram. They love their players and know and understand baseball. Plus they don’t jump off the bandwagon when one of their players has a hiccup during the season. He’s has such a history of injuries and hopefully he’ll battle back and have a great season

  2. stex52 - Mar 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    2012 is trying to start out like 2011. Cards need to nip that in the bud. I’m not sure they can count on the same monster hitting that bailed them out last year.

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