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X-rays, CT scan turn up negative on Carlos Beltran’s ribs

Oct 24, 2013, 12:05 AM EST

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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced in his postgame press conference that Carlos Beltran underwent X-rays and a CT scan at a local Boston hospital after banging his rib cage on the short right field wall at Fenway Park on Wednesday evening. The tests came up negative and the Cardinals will leave Beltran’s health status as “day-to-day” heading into the morning of World Series Game 2.

Jon Jay entered to play center field and Shane Robinson shifted over to right field in Game 1 on Wednesday. That’s a significant drop-off in offense from Beltran, who by now is a postseason legend.

Here’s another look at the home run-robbing catch that led to Beltran’s rib contusion:

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It looks like his elbow absorbs the bulk of the padding and his rib cage lands flush along the top of the wall.

The Red Sox won World Series Game 1 on Wednesday by a score of 8-1. Game 2 is on Thursday night.

  1. overdrawnagain - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    He is done hitting now. Stl is also done. Boston in 3…..ok 4.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:26 AM

      Its not possible for any team to win in 3… No matter how good they are.

  2. moogro - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    It was unintentional I’m sure, but Harold Reynolds analyzing the Fenway right field wall design close-up on the padding crease, and discussing Carlos Beltran’s injury will hopefully start the conversation on perimeter fence safety as a huge waste of money and talent.

  3. acdc84 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    The Cardinals’ best hitter has a rib injury and might be hampered for the rest of the series?? Aww, cry me a river.

    Sincerely,

    Hanley Ramirez

    PS: At least STL can take solace knowing Beltran’s injury was the result of a clean baseball play, as supposed to a cheap inside pitch in the first at-bat of the series…

    • micktaco - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      Beltran has 1 more world series at bat then we will ever have. Also fame, popularity and a fortune of $161 million in career salary not including playoff shares & future salaries easily get him to $200 million. Do you feel bad for him now? Not me!

      • fearlessleader - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        Micktaco, this comment was stupid the first time you posted it, and it’s stupider the second.

      • jimbrashear - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Everyone in the world had an equal chance as Beltran at earning the right field position for the St Louis Cardinals. Quit being jealous because he dedicated his life to his craft and earned a position. If you wanted it bad enough you’d have earned it.

    • gostlcards5 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      I disagree about the cheap inside pitch part. There was no reason for Joe Kelly to intentionally hit Hanley in that situation. I also agree that it sucked for all fans not to see that series with him at full strength.

    • byesac - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      That’s funny.

  4. mrznyc - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    The man makes everything look effortless

  5. mogogo1 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Just bad luck. It wasn’t a reckless play and the impact wasn’t all that great. Even in slow-mo you see no indication that anything immediately hurt — His expression stays the same and he fluidly finishes the catch and makes a hard throw.

    • jimbrashear - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      I did the same exact thing in a softball game a few months ago and it hurt for nearly a month. Ribs can be a real pain – literally.

  6. joecsports - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    I would be shocked, if he missed more than one game. The Cardinals have little chance winning the series without him. Totally agree that he makes plays effortlessly. Hope that the Mets build enough of a team this winter to convince him to come back.

  7. gostlcards5 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Sucks if they lose him for any more time than they already did last night. The lineup is much better with him in it.

  8. drelms - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    If you want to avoid listening to Buck and his undying love for any team opposing the Red Sox you just have to stream the live game to your computer and use an HDMI cable to get HD on your TV. I did and it was great to listen to pros broadcasting the game instead of the clowns that Fox likes to use.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Will do. Thanks.

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