Manager Jerry Manuel has been desperate to get center fielder Carlos Beltran back in the lineup but the team is taking it slow.
According to the New York Daily News , Beltran is at least one more week away from rejoining the club, even as Manuel hoped Beltran would be in the fold for Monday's game against the Marlins in Puerto Rico.
"In about a week's time, we are going to evaluate him again," said GM Omar Minaya of Beltran, who is currently rehabbing with Class-A Port St. Lucie. The 33-year-old has yet to see major-league time this season after knee surgery in January.
Although Beltran is back on the field, he is doing so with a limp which Minaya attributed to a knee brace he will have to continue to wear for an unspecified period of time.
As for a timetable, Minaya refuses to speculate.
"I think it's fair to say that we're going to have to see him play at least nine innings, and how he recuperates after playing nine innings," he said.
-- Evan Brunell
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