With X-rays negative, St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran is day-to-day
Semi-good news out of Boston, as X-rays and an MRI on St. Louis Cardinals 8-time All-Star OF Carlos Beltran’s ribs were negative (meaning no damage) and he is considered day-to-day going into Thursday night’s Game 2 matchup at Fenway Park. Matt Snyder of CBS Sports / Eye on Baseball reports the Puerto Rican slugger will be a game-time decision according to his manager Mike Matheny:
Beltran has a severe rib bruise and is day to day, manager Mike Matheny confirmed after Game 1. X-rays came back negative. “Going to see how he feels tomorrow, and it will probably be a game time decision,” said Matheny.
Beltran injured his ribs on a heroic catch at the right field wall at Fenway Park, robbing Red Sox slugger David Ortiz of a grand slam. He stayed in the game for the remainder of that half inning, however TV cameras caught him feeling around his ribs and wincing. When he came back to the Cardinals dugout, he never returned to the field, replaced by reserve OF John Jay.
Every time Beltran plays a post-season, it seems like he is a main story line, usually with his bat, as he has 16 home runs in 164 post-season at bats to go with a .335 average. He had been tied with Torii Hunter for most post-season games played without a World Series appearance for an active player. He’s a free agent at season’s end, sure to look for another contender with whom to sign.
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– David Whitlock