Beltran goes 0-for-2, plays 5 innings in first rehab game

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Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran played in his first rehab game Thursday with Single-A Port St. Lucie and finished 0-for-2 with a walk, according to the Newark Star-Ledgers Adam McCullough.  He also played center field for five innings, but did not have a ball hit near him.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel made a few comments to ESPN New York on Thursday afternoon suggesting that Beltran could be activated on Monday, before the club heads to Puerto Rico for a series with the Marlins.  For what it’s worth, we’re not buying it.  Beltran has been on the shelf for close to four months and the Mets would be crazy to rush him back.  He hasn’t even played a full nine innings in a live-action game. 

For now, Angel Pagan will continue to man center field for the Mets.  He’s hit a respectable .302/.363/.443 this season with 14 stolen bases and 23 extra-base hits in 255 at-bats this season.

The Red Sox are calling up Rafael Devers

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Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.

Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.

There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.

Stephen Strasburg exited Sunday’s start with an apparent injury

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It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.

Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.

The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.