Cards teammates react to possible loss of Beltran -

Cards teammates react to possible loss of Beltran

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(BaseballStL) -- This was not what Carlos Beltran waited 36 years of his life for.  He finally made it to the World Series after 45 postseason games but only last a couple innings after suffering a rib contusion while robbing the Red Sox of a home run.

X-Rays were negative and he’ll technically be a game time decision in Thursday’s Game 2 at Fenway Park.  But the Cardinals are still hopeful.

“Based on how he feels and what the trainers are telling me we are somewhat optimistic,” GM John Mozeliak said.

Should Beltran be out for any significant period of time in this series - or even have to be replaced on the roster for that matter - his teammates are aware of how big of a blow that is.

“He’s a big contributor to our team and it’s tough when somebody goes down like that but we can’t make any excuses for it,” Shane Robinson said. “We’re just going to fill in for him and see what we can do.”

“He’s obviously a great player.  You don’t want to lose a guy like that,” Kevin Siegrist said.

If Beltran is unable to go when games shift back to St. Louis that would put a lot of pressure on Allen Craig to be able to play right field.  Otherwise, both Jon Jay and Shane Robinson would have to start, creating a lineup with significantly less power. 

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