Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Beltran to return shortly

Bryan Hoch at Mets.com writes about the status of Carlos Beltran and when he will return:

Carlos Beltran was in the outfield at Shea Stadium early Monday afternoon taking part in a clinic with area children, so there was little concern about the left knee he bruised making a spectacular game-saving catch Saturday in Houston.

Nevertheless, Beltran underwent precautionary MRIs at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on Monday. Minaya said the Mets were pleased with the preliminary results, although one more physician was expected to give a final opinion.

Randolph expressed confidence that Beltran would soon return to the lineup soon, though he noted the Mets' large lead in the National League East provides an opportunity to allow Beltran to take his time.

"I'm sure he's going to be fine," Randolph said. "He'll get back out there, take a few ground balls and maybe swing the bat if he feels like it. He'll let me know when he's ready to play."

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