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Carlos Beltran will play through fractured toe

Apr 1, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Carlos Beltran played through a fractured right pinkie toe during the World Baseball Classic, took some off to rest the injury once the tournament was over, and now plans to play through the pain.

“I can deal with what I feel,” Beltran told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “The doctor said it’s not going to get worse, so I just have to go day to day and see how I feel.”

Beltran is in the Cardinals’ lineup today, playing right field and batting fifth. Obviously having his bat in the lineup is the biggest key, but last season Beltran stole 13 bases and rated above average defensively in right field, so how well he’s able to move with a fractured toe is worth watching.

  1. chill1184 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Is it wrong that the first thought in my head when I read this was the “Pinkie Toe” episode of Seinfeld?

    • okwhitefalcon - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      If that’s wrong I don’t wanna be right.

      Well played.

  2. El Bravo - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    And so begins Beltran’s next season of playing injured nearly 100% of the time. The Youkilis of the NL if you will…

    • spudchukar - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      You are better than this.

      • spudchukar - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        To illustrate: Games Played

        1999-156
        2000-98
        2001-155
        2002-162
        2003-141
        2004-159
        2005-151
        2006-140
        2007-144
        2008-161
        2009-81
        2010-64
        2011-142
        2012-151

        Hardly an injury riddled career. I don’t know about you, but one of the more egregious behaviors a human being can employ is false accusations. You owe Beltran an apology.

      • forsch31 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        El Bravo said “playing injured nearly 100% of the time.”

        Of your response:

        Problem 1: Listing “games played” really doesn’t prove that Beltran didn’t “play injured”

        Problem 2: You’re obviously missing the jokey hyperbole.

        To quote your own self: You’re better than this.

      • spudchukar - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        Read it how you want, I am unconvinced.

  3. proudlycanadian - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    If he was a Yankee, he would start the season on the DL.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      the Yankees DL is one of the better teams in baseball this year. they would be wise to acquire a player of Beltran’s stature. When Granderson rejoins the team in May, the Yankees DL will have a big hole in the OF

      • Gamera the Brave - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        ^This

  4. wkinsomnia - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Oscar Taveras anyone?..

  5. paperlions - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    If he wasn’t so good at baseball, this would make him gritty and scrappy and a gamer.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      But, instead, he’s just a Cardinal.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        And not a Pope!

      • historiophiliac - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        I think he does have red shoes — probably just the kind that you click together and wish for home though.

      • paperlions - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        THBTP

      • historiophiliac - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        he he

  6. coryfor3 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    What a warrior.

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