Carlos Beltran has been shut down for four to five days thanks to tendinitis in his left knee. It was the right knee that he had surgery on just last year. John Harper of the Daily News reports on Twitter it is because Beltran was favoring the right knee, which makes sense. One would be inclined to keep as much pressure off the repaired knee as possible.
After seeing Beltran play on Sunday, he looked pretty good going 1-3 and scoring from second base even though he was not running at full strength. I was encouraged by that.
At the earliest we can expect to see him play again will be next week.
It seems like this is just the first of many more ailing moments from the three-time Gold Glove winner. I hope I am wrong. What is comforting is there are no problems with the surgically repaired right knee. We can only hope it stays that way. With that said, everybody should just relax. That is saying a lot coming from me. I can already see this is probably falling of deaf ears and people are freaking out.
No matter what happens, the Mets certainly have their plethora of outfielders in Fernando Martinez, Willie Harris, Lucas Duda and Scott Hairston who are more than capable of manning right field. We know Beltran will not be playing every game in right. While he will play at least 75 percent of the games, there will be someone else the rest of the time to keep Beltran fresh.
So get better quickly Mr. Beltran. We cannot wait to have you back.