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.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.