UPDATE: Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll is hearing that the exam was way worse than is being let on by the earlier reports, and offers the quote “No progress. None at all.”
8:16 A.M. Carlos Beltran was seen by his doctor in Vail, Colorado yesterday for a routine visit following arthroscopic knee surgery, which was performed on January 13 in an effort to clean out an arthritic area in his right knee. While he was said to be “making progress” he was still not
cleared to resume baseball activities, including running.
While Beltran and the Mets have officially said that there’s “no timetable,” he’s now a good two weeks past the time he had originally been expected to resume running following his surgery, and that schedule had him returning to the lineup sometime in May. Now it’s anyone’s guess as to when he’ll return.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.