Beltran still bothered by toe injury

Beltran still bothered by toe injury

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 21: Carlos Beltran #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals blows a bubble in the first inning as the Cardinals take on the San Francisco Giants in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 21, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman, News 4 Sports

KMOV.com

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 8:30 PM

(Baseball STL) --St. Louis Cardinals' Outfielder Carlos Beltran is not in today's lineup against the Mets due to the fact he's still bothered by a toe injury suffered early in spring training.
 
The 35-year old got extensive work in the World Baseball Classic while representing Puerto Rico so he's gotten playing time this spring training.  That doesn't mean there aren't any concerns though for him entering the season.
 
"We've got to do some close monitoring," manager Mike Matheny said. "I don't think my concern is with the at-bats as much as it is the movement in the outfield.  There's a chance we could put him on the back field (for a minor league game) and have a little more of a controlled setting.  We need him to take care of what he needs to take care of in the outfield."
 
The Cards could elect to get Beltran at-bats as a designated hitter tomorrow in the American League ballpark of the Minnesota Twins but Matheny said the Cardinals informed them that they need their pitchers to hit.  So you could see a game where the Twins use a DH but the Cards do not.
 

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