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Matheny says “everything good” with Carlos Beltran’s knee

Oct 20, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran left Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants with a strained left knee and did not appear in Game 4 on Thursday evening.

But he returned to action — even stealing a base — in Game 5 and should be a go again for Game 6.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said in a chat with the media Saturday that “everything is good” with Beltran’s knee following Friday night’s loss to the Giants and a subsequent flight to San Francisco.

Beltran, a .371/.479/.810 career hitter in the playoffs, is batting .382/.463/.794 with three home runs, five doubles, six RBI and two stolen bases in 10 games this postseason. He’s trying to lead St. Louis to its second straight World Series. The best-of-seven NLCS is currently led 3-2 by the Cardinals.

  1. hustleandflomax - Oct 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I think I can speak for many of my Cardinal brethren when I say that I won’t be holding my breath. Those knees are shot. It was a great season for him but he has to be playing on ‘borrowed time’.

  2. stlouis1baseball - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Personally, I am impressed with the amount of time he has been able to offer this year. The guy (for the most part)…has been in the line up day-in…day-out. I think the time off he has received thus far in this series should certainly help. Wishful thinking…I know. Go Cardinals!

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