New York Mets News

Carlos Beltran on the Cusp of Returning

By Adam Garnett

It appears as if Carlos Beltran is on the precipice of returning to the Mets lineup. According to Jerry Manuel, Beltran could be in the lineup Tuesday vs. Florida “if he’s still somewhat symptom free” a by then. Beltran played a full nine innings in center field last night for the Brooklyn Cyclones, his third rehab game with the Mets Single-A affiliate. Carlos is expected to play another nine innings in the field later today and a decision on his future should come in an official capacity soon after.

I must say I surprised to be even writing about the prospect of Beltran sniffing the field again this season. Good for him though. This is a proud man who wanted to try and do all he could to not go into the offseason without having played a game since June. This is being done for his future mental well-being, and obviously not in the hopes that he might help the team win a few more game the rest of this dreadful season.

If stated it before in this space: Carlos Beltran in the most valuable everyday player the Mets have and any chance at a rebound campaign in 2010 will be snuffed out without him strong and healthy. If anything at least it gives fans something else to pat attention to the rest of the year, cause Lord knows there ain’t much else to get excited about.