According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Carlos Beltran was scratched from Saturday’s lineup against the Phillies due to tendinitis in his left knee.
The good news? This isn’t the knee that required surgery in January. That was the right one. The bad news? Mets manager Jerry Manuel thinks that Beltran has compensated with the left knee, leading to the tendinitis.
Oh boy. Manuel is no doctor, but it sounds like a reasonable enough conclusion to make. This will probably be a topic of discussion in the coming days, but if Beltran wants to make the most of his contract year in 2011, he should seriously consider a move to right field, whether he survives the offseason with the Mets or not.
Free agent reliever Sean Burnett signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins on Saturday. Per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the left-hander is slated to begin the season in extended spring training and will work toward a role in the majors.
Burnett, 35, has not appeared in full-time role in MLB since 2012. He last pitched for a big league team in 2016, surfacing for 5 2/3 innings with the Nationals before returning to the minors. Despite signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies last spring, he failed to make the Opening Day roster and was released prior to the start of the season.
Complicating Burnett’s return is a slew of chronic elbow issues. The left-hander has dealt with everything from bone spurs to a torn UCL over the last six years, and will need to take things slowly in the minors before the Marlins consider adding him to the bullpen this season.