Carlos Everyday Beltran

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

It appears that New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran is now FINALLY healthy enough to be an everyday baseball player again. ESPN New York has a quote from manager Terry Collins saying the slugger will be monitored but is ready to play.

Terry Collins will continue to check on Carlos Beltran before placing him in the lineups for day games after night games, but the manager now fully expects Beltran will play nearly every game. Beltran had sat matinee series finales during the season’s first two weeks.

Collins approached Beltran after Friday’s game.

“Before I said a word, he said, ‘I want to play tomorrow,'” Collins said. “I would say he’s an everyday guy right now.” ( per ESPN New York)

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This is good news for the struggling Mets as they’ve got to do something soon to salvage their season. Beltran has actually put up his best numbers since 2009 in his limited action. He currently has a .286 average with three homers and nine rbi. Beltran has also hit six doubles and scored 11 times. Not bad at all.

Will this actually help the Mets win some games? Probably not, this is good news for another reason.

They’ve got to be hoping that the increased workload (day games after night games) will prove to other teams that Beltran is indeed healthy and ready to go. If he can prove that maybe they can get a contender calling if and when the fire sale begins.

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