Carlos Beltran just issued this statement through the team’s media department:
I felt a little discomfort in my left knee last week. I spoke to the doctors today. They advised me to just give it a rest for a couple of days. I can hit and do everything, but back off the running part of it. I feel fine. I think I just overcompensated from all the work I did on the other knee and I just need to give it a little break.”
That’s fine. But, as I said this morning, play the field, Carlos, run the bases, slide, play again, then let’s talk…
Updated at 12:58 pm:
According to MetsBlog’s Rich Coutinho, before today’s game, Sandy Alderson said he does not believe Carlos Beltran will start the year on the disabled list.
Updated at 11:43 am:
According to John Harper of the Daily News, Carlos Beltran says his left knee flared up from compensating for the the right knee.
“If I take care of it now, it’s going to be good,” Beltran told Harper.
Updated at 10:55 am:
Similarly, Joel Sherman of the New York Post quotes Sandy Alderson as saying Beltran will be shut down at least 4-5 days.
Unreal. I think what’s most alarming to me is that this is his left knee, not the right knee. The right knee is the one he had surgery on a little more than a year ago. No, no, today’s issue is with the other knee.
Updated at 10:55 am:
Terry Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York and other reporters that Carlos Beltran has ‘a little tendinitis in his left knee.’
So, Collins decided to give him another day off.
According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, “The team is not concerned,” and Collins still believes Beltran will be ready for Opening Day.
Whatever. Well, sorry, but I am. I mean, I can’t play this game again, guys. Play the field, Carlos, run the bases, slide, play again, then let’s talk. Otherwise, I have no choice but to start wondering who else might be this team’s Opening Day right fielder. Lucas Duda? Fernando Martinez? Someone else?
To read additional quotes from Terry on Beltran, check out Rubin’s blog.
Updated at 10: 45 am:
Original Post at 10:15 am:
Instead of starting at DH in one of today’s split-squad games, Carlos Beltran hopes to get 7-10 at bats in a simulated game, “which means he doesn’t have to run and he can hit from both sides of plate,” according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
In a post to Twitter, at 10:10 am, Newsday’s David Lennon wrote:
Ugh. Sure, this isn’t technically bad news, as Sherman pointed out in a later tweet. And, yes, I’m sure other Mets fans and I are making a ‘big deal out of this,’ like he suggests. But, I can’t help it. This all just feels like the same old story, doesn’t it? He’s not wearing a brace. Now he’s wearing a brace. He’ll be ready for the first Spring Training game, he said, but he wasn’t. He’ll start at DH. No he won’t. He can get more work in simulated games, but he won’t run the bases. Why not? It’s all so back and forth, trial and error, day-by-day, that it makes me uneasy about whether he’ll be ready for Opening Day, like he’s promised. Or, I could stop speculating, shut up and see how this plays out… but, it’s just so familiar and I don’t like it.