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Carlos Beltran back in Cardinals’ starting lineup tonight

May 18, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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After sitting out this week due to soreness in his surgically-repaired right knee and plantar fasciitis in his right foot, Carlos Beltran is back in the Cardinals’ starting lineup tonight against the Dodgers.

Beltran hasn’t started since Sunday, but his return appeared imminent after he was healthy enough to pinch-hit during yesterday’s game.

Beltran is off to a fantastic start this season with his new club, batting .293/.404/.642 with 13 homers, 32 RBI and a 1.046 OPS over 146 plate appearances. Even with his recent four-game absence, the 34-year-old outfielder ranks first in the National League in homers and second in RBI.

  1. ermur22 - May 19, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    He will be spending serious time on the DL soon enough

  2. pullinteeth - May 19, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Whatever man. Carlos has been ballin so far so stop hating. He is a class act and I even respected him as an opponent when wainwright gave him the wobbly legs in the playoffs with that wicked 12-6 curve called strike 3. Our veterans are all playing above their baseball cards except holliday and he has finally turned it on as of late. Carlos may get injured, but I would never wish misfortune on a classy player like him.

  3. pullinteeth - May 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Oh in other news… Every night I send a shotgun of smoke to my Mike Matheny card, cause he likes to catch a buzz like most of us…. But if he doesn’t stop letting Tyler Greene’s bum tail play every game and start putting our best lineup out there every game (especially against teams like the braves & Dodgers)…. No more smoke for u Mike. No more smoke for u. And ill start covering your eyes when my girlfriend gets naked… And definitely no more high fives after the horizontal momba! Play the BEST lineup, stop resting everyone like they are made of fine China and have chronic fatigue syndrome. (i am joking I would never Bogart the chiva from u but the naked girlfriend penalty I am DEAD SERIOUS ABOUT). Be cool MM, or I will turn on u like a woman who caught crabs on a one night stand!

  4. pullinteeth - May 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    It’s not weird that i smoke with my mike matheny baseball card and let him watch my girl walk around naked (she spends an awful lot of time naked, which is why she is my soul mate). These perks are designed to motivate MM to be a good skipper. Please take my advice Mike, I do not want to have to cut u off from the good times and pull all your teeth. And I digress… Time to fish with my dog and relieve some of my stress. It’s a beautiful Saturday. I hope all my fellow HBT patrons have a fun filled safe weekend with excellent baseball to watch!

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