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Carlos Beltran day to day with severe rib bruise following Game 1

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Carlos Beltran had to leave Game 1 of the Fall Classic in the third inning.
Carlos Beltran had to leave Game 1 of the Fall Classic in the third inning.. (USATSI)

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UPDATE: Beltran has a severe rib bruise and is day to day, manager Mike Matheny confirmed after Game 1. X-rays came back negative. "Going to see how he feels tomorrow, and it will probably be a game time decision," said Matheny. Obviously losing Beltran for even one game would be a huge blow to the Cardinals.

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BOSTON - Cardinals slugger Carlos Beltran has been replaced in right field with Shane Robinson in Game 1 of the World Series. Robinson started the game in center, but moved to right -- with Jon Jay taking over in center -- to begin the bottom of the third inning for the Cardinals.

Beltran made an unbelievable catch in the bottom of the second, robbing David Ortiz of a grand slam, but he crashed into the wall -- around his ribcage area. Sure enough, it has been announced that Beltran left due to a right rib contusion.

The Cardinals have now announced that Beltran has gone to the hospital. So there's a chance this is a bad injury.

Losing Beltran is obviously a huge blow to the Cardinals. He's a noted postseason force and has been one of their best hitters all season. Needing a big comeback to win Game 1, yes, it hurts. If he's out for any upcoming games, though, it's a possibly devastating injury for the Cardinals.

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