Collins: Beltran 'a lot better'

March, 9, 2011

Carlos Beltran

Center Field
New York Mets


2010 Season Stats
64 7 27 21 .341 .255
A day after left knee tendinitis prompted the Mets to shut down Carlos Beltran from Grapefruit League play for four to five days, Terry Collins said Beltran was fairly active Wednesday and "felt a lot better."

Said Collins: "He threw. He took some swings in the cage. And he said his leg felt a lot better. He showed me a couple of things that he couldn't do yesterday that he could do today. It was a pretty good day. As I told him, I'm looking forward to probably early next week to hopefully get him back in there."

Collins reiterated that he felt Beltran was overdoing things a week ago to get into games and that caused the left knee tendinitis to surface.

"They told me he must have took BP for 30 minutes, because he wanted to get some extra hitting in," the manager said, referring to Beltran's work leading into Sunday's game against the Red Sox, when he served as designated hitter. "So maybe he just overdid it. It's hard to say. He has been in every drill from the first day here. I told him the first morning we talked when he walked in this camp that, 'Hey, look, we'll monitor what goes on here. I'm not expecting you to do everything.' And he has done everything. So now we're just going to slow him down a little bit."

Adam Rubin

ESPN Staff Writer
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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