Tag:Carlos Beltran
Posted on: June 29, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 1:18 am

Beltran at least a week away from joining Mets

Carlos Beltran 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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Posted on: June 28, 2010 10:50 am
Edited on: June 28, 2010 10:53 am

Trip highlights Puerto Rican baseball's struggles

Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran won't play in this week's Mets-Marlins series in Puerto Rico, making Marlins interim manager Edwin Rodriguez the biggest Puerto Rican star in the series.

In anticipation of Major League Baseball's return to Puerto Rico, the New York Times looks at the sport's fading star on the island .

The land of Clemente has fewer stars in baseball than even a decade ago, and the Times points the finger at the inclusion of Puerto Ricans into the draft, starting in 1989.

While stopping the bidding war for the best young players on the island succeeded, it had the unintended effect of killing the sport on the island, as Puerto Ricans had to compete against American players and their access to better coaches, competition and facilities. It's also encouraged major-league teams to look more at the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and elsewhere for unsigned talent that can be developed starting at 16.

In 2009, just 3.5 percent of position players in Major League Baseball were from Puerto Rico, a 24-year low.

"There’s talent, don’t get me wrong, but when you don’t have scouts, how can you evaluate players?” the Mets’ Alex Cora, told the Times . "If we keep going like this, it’s going to keep going backward.”

What's not mentioned in the Times article is an increase in the popularity of basketball, starting in the 1980s. The island boasts not only an 11-team professional league, but also supports a women's basketball league. That coincides with the drop of popularity in baseball and an increase in the popularity of basketball among African-Americans in the United States.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 3:57 pm

Mets keeping Pagan as Beltran insurance

Angel Pagan Add Angel Pagan to the list of Mets untouchables -- at least for now.

Mets sources told the New York Daily News that the team is unwilling to include the outfielder in a deal as it look to add a starting pitcher. Pagan has been a pleasant surprise as a replacement for the injured Carlos Beltran this season, and with Beltran's return imminent, Pagan could become a luxury and an attractive trade piece.

The Mets, however, are not comfortable giving Pagan up without being certain Beltran, who is working back from January knee surgery, is going to hold up. If Beltran makes it back and plays well before the July 31 trade deadline, Pagan could become expendable later. For now he's Beltran insurance.

New York, which reportedly is interested in Seattle's Cliff Lee, also is unwilling to part with pitcher Jon Niese or infielder Ike Davis.

In a separate Daily News story, the paper reports that the Mets are not in the market for a second baseman despite Luis Castillo's foot problems. The team is happy with 20-year-old Ruben Tejada at second.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 6:23 pm

Beltran set to begin rehab assignment

Carlos Beltran Carlos Beltran is finally over his leg problems and will begin a rehab assignment for high Class-A Port St. Lucie on Thursday, says SNY's Brad Como.

The center fielder has been playing in extended spring training games after offseason surgery for his knee. The surgery was contentious, as the Mets noted that the surgery was done without their consent. Beltran's agent, Scott Boras, has refuted that notion. The relationship was quickly repaired, however.

If Beltran experiences no setbacks, he could be ready to go as soon as the first game after the All-Star break. He'll do so as the center fielder, which will push Angel Pagan to the bench to battle with Jeff Francouer for playing time in right field.

Francouer has been the starter in right all season, but his .267/.319/.418 line leaves a lot to be desired, while Pagan has fended off Gary Matthews Jr. to establish himself in center with a .296/.357/.429 line with 14 stolen bases.

Unfortunately, though, these days you can't trust the Mets to make the right call, so Pagan will probably hit the bench.

In other injury recovery action, John Maine couldn't get comfortable in his most recent rehab outing and will be re-evaluated and most likely shut down. It's been made clear by manager Jerry Manuel he doesn't envision an opening for Maine, leading some to speculate he could be placed on waivers. With this setback, he will likely simply be shut down and have his rehab delayed, which may save his major-league spot when he is ready to return.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 12, 2010 12:32 pm

Beltran at DH might be pushing it

Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran is working his way back after offseason knee surgery, and there could be a window for him to make a soft landing by playing designated hitter during the interleague schedule.

Manager Jerry Manuel discussed the idea with reporters on Friday, as reported in the New York Daily News.

"I think if this trip would have maybe come a week later, I think we could have possibly DH'd him," Manuel said. "I could have taken care of him, you know? I'm still trying to do that. I'm still trying to get him. I don't know ... I think it's a natural time to use that DH."

Beltran played center field during a camp game Friday, but still is not running the bases at full speed. The Mets' last chance to use the DH will be next weekend, when they play at Yankee Stadium. It would be a great story if Beltran made his return then, but that might be a little too soon.

"Yeah, haven't talked timetables, but that would be pretty aggressive," assistant GM John Ricco said. "That's optimistic. ... We would never frown on optimism around here."

-- David Andriesen

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