JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Carlos Beltran #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals sits in the dugout during the game against the Miami Marlins the Roger Dean Stadium on February 28, 2013 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) By Chris Trotman
By Dan Mueller
(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.