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Carlos Beltran leaves Game 3 with knee injury

Oct 17, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

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Carlos Beltran grounded into a double play in his first at-bat and then left Game 3 of the NLCS with what the Cardinals have announced as a strained left knee.

Matt Carpenter replaced Beltran in right field to begin the second inning.

Beltran has been dealing with a hand injury, but it didn’t stop him from hitting .400 with three homers, five doubles, and a 1.353 OPS through nine playoff games.

He would be a huge loss for the Cardinals, as Beltran owns the highest batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS in postseason history, ahead of a couple guys named Ruth and Gehrig.

UPDATE: Carpenter homered in his first at-bat after replacing Beltran, naturally.

  1. Carl Hancock - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Damn. What a huge blow to the Cards. They’ll need some extra post season magic to win without Beltran.

  2. chill1184 - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Get well Beltran

  3. lew24 - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Hopefully its only a minor injury.

  4. ghostofjimlindeman - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    It’s the Giants fault if they hadn’t of fielded that routine fly ball, then Beltran wouldn’t of run to first and his knee would be fine. Crucify them, Crucify them!!

  5. ghostofjimlindeman - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Scutaro looks pretty healthy today huh?

  6. ghostofjimlindeman - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Ground ball apologies..

  7. ezthinking - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Carp must be using Beltran’s bat. Two run jack.

  8. Carl Hancock - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    While a huge blow, Carpenter is a good hitter. His HR isn’t surprising to me. He’s hit everywhere he’s played and would be a starter if he played for another team.

  9. ezthinking - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Ooooo dirty slide by Scutaro trying to break up the double play. Tried to stretch his foot back to get to the base after sliding wide at Kozma.

    • richwizl - Oct 17, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      Notice how he slid INTO the base and didn’t vault OVER it, though?

      • ezthinking - Oct 17, 2012 at 8:34 PM

        You mean passed it on the outside and then tried to get his foot back after he hit Kozma?

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