With X-rays negative, St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran is day-to-day

  • David Whitlock

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.

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Carlos Beltran slams into the wall, knocking him out of World Series Game 1
(Credit AP/Charlie Riedel)

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.

Stay tuned to our Twitter feed which will provide an update when we have it.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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