Beltran Shut Down

After one game playing in the DH role, Carlos Beltran has been shut down for a minimum of five days.

Beltran’s official statement, as released through the Mets’ PR 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.

Opening Day is 24 days away. That means if all goes perfectly, Beltran will have 19 days to get into “baseball shape”.

Should we be concerned?

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  1. andrew March 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm
    I’ve seen this episode before! This post is followed by “Beltran Starts Season on DL”, followed by “Beltran Doesn’t Need Surgery”, and is concluded with “Beltran Has Surgery – May Return This Season”.
  2. mrtasan March 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm
    he mind as well just become a DH…unless he manages 120+ games this year, that’s all any team will look at him for…so if he (his agent) knows whats good for him, he better switch to the american league…

    …what kind of idiot like minaya would handcuff himself with his *%$#! contracts (with moronic perks…remember reading all the stuff he gets with his contract)…oh right the idiot minaya was the mets’ minaya…

    • Joe Janish March 8, 2011 at 11:15 pm
      Even as a DH, he needs a week off after 3 ABs and a run around the bases; at that rate, he’ll only be able to play in about 25 games in a season.
  3. Walnutz15 March 8, 2011 at 9:45 pm
    Two days almost always leads to 2 weeks, if not – months….in the end.

    Not like Beltran magically generated cartilage in his knees this winter; and if he’s hurting now – then it’ll mean even more maintenance in-season.

    Time to get some other guys “RF-ready”, as opposed to Beltran being “game-ready”….still think he gave up CF because he was “doing the right thing”?

    C’mon now, Met fans….you’re smart enough to see through the translucency.

    He can swing a bat, that’s all we know…..and have known for the past season+.

    Unfortunately for the fanbase, the staples of any Beltran rehabilitation have always been in place:

    – Downplaying by the Mets

    – Spinning by whoever wants to convey a certain message through the media ($$$/ticket sales)

    – Miscommunication on the back-end — which, hopefully, is finished…(not that it matters much in walk-year)

    – Confusion until he takes the field (he’s going to run, he’s not going to run, he’s going to play but only DH, he’s not going to DH, he’s going to play in a simulated game, he’s not going to; and will instead shut down for a bit.

    – Prolonged Absence from the lineup

    – False Expectation from Fanbase wanting to see him Return

    It’s just the way it is, and always has been. Now we know why Harris and Hairston were brought in… have an “experienced outfielder” to pair with whatever unproven will win the ST job for RF.

    I’m rooting for “Nowhere Man”, Nick Evans.

  4. murph March 9, 2011 at 1:08 am
    I’m just hoping he has one healthy month right before the trading deadline, so the Mets might get AA talent for him instead of A-ballers.

    And yes, I hope Beltran makes me eat my words.

  5. Mic March 9, 2011 at 11:57 am
    murph’s comment is on the money. It really does not matter to the team.

    1. we have without the real CB for almost two yrs. injuries happen. In a loooong term contract 3-5 or 4-7 yrs is really the going rate. Plus CB played a runners position, stole bases. Sooooo in the last 2 yrs Pagan has EFFECTIVELY replaced CB and we are looking at life after CB whether he plays 20 or 120 games.

    2. This mirrors the reyes situation. In the EXACT same period Reyes has played a somewhat similar time course , having injuies also and like CB is a FA after this yr and like CB is all but replaced. Tejada was a ROOKIE last yr and an accelerated one at that. There is every reason to be optimistic about him going forward.

    3. In the meantime these two players should be pedalled FREQUENTLY in the months ahead looking for best return.

    4. Add me to the Danny Murphy at 3rd base club. Yes our BEST player is Dave Wright. Yes our STAR is DW AND the Player Chicago cubs would trade the farm for is Dave Wright…..If Murph is healthy, I am SURE the Mets dont lose much at 3rd, AND the team (depending on replacements) will still vy for the WC.

  6. wohjr March 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm
    Co-sign #4, as I’ve been saying since last season