Carlos Beltran Update

The Onion has good news to report about Carlos Beltran:

Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, whose past several seasons have been hampered by nagging injuries, had a successful outing Monday, managing to get through a spring training workout without crumbling into a pile of dust and dying. “It was one of his best days in years, because he was still breathing and alive by the end,” Mets manager Terry Collins said during a press conference, adding that he was amazed with Beltran’s ability to pump blood from his heart to other parts of his body for a whole session of batting practice.

(hat tip to tweeter dances_w_vowels)

Additionally, Mets GM Sandy Alderson has stated that it’s still realistic to expect Carlos Beltran in the Opening Day lineup.

Quick: figure out which of the above stories is fiction, and which one is fact.

Yeah, I can’t figure it out either … I guess they’re both fictional accounts of Carlos Beltran’s status.

Let’s see … Beltran bats three times and runs around the bases once on March 6, then needs 10 days of rest before returning to “baseball activities” (this is different from “baseball games”). One day after resuming “baseball activities”, Beltran needs a cortisone shot to relieve pain and swelling in the knee. But, he’ll be ready to play in a real Major League Baseball game in less than two weeks.

Did I mention he’ll do that at a position he’s never played regularly before?

In other news, the Phillies are increasingly pessimistic about Chase Utley’s chances of making it into their Opening Day lineup; the Indians have announced that Grady Sizemore will not return until mid-April at the earliest, and the Twins are not sure whether Justin Morneau will be ready by Opening Day.

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  1. Frank March 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm
    Hope the Mets have an insurance policy on Beltran & Santana this year cause something tells me we won’t see Beltran til May @ the earliest & Santana at all.
  2. Joe March 19, 2011 at 6:47 pm
    “baseball activities”

    I’m watching baseball now. Is this a basebal activity?