JUPITER, Fla. - Starting pitcher Jake Westbrook and outfielder Carlos Beltran both left the Cardinals’ game against the Miami Marlins Thursday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium due to injuries.
Beltran was hit by a pitch from Marlins starter Jacob Turner in his right foot in the bottom of the first inning while Westbrook was hit just below his left knee by a comebacker from the Marlins’ Casey Kotchman in the top of the second inning.
Beltran remained in the game to run the bases but was replaced by Shane Robinson when the Cardinals took the field in the second inning. X-rays were negative and Beltran was listed as day-to-day with a bruised pinky toe on his right foot.
“It’s painful,” Beltran said. “It’s painful. I wear a protector but in that particular spot I had no protection.”
Asked if it would cause problems for his inclusion in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, Beltran said, “Who knows.” He is scheduled to leave Sunday to join team Puerto Rico.
Westbrook departed the game after a brief conversation on the mound with a team trainer and manager Mike Matheny. He walked off the field without a noticeable limp and downplayed the injury afterwards and said he should be ready to go for his next spring start.
“I’m fine,” Westbrook said. “I could have easily kept going. It was barking pretty good at the time but once I was able to walk it off a bit and I could have very easily kept going, but its kind of just precautionary. It’s the first game and we have a lot of time to get my work in.”