The Mets may have a new front office regime and a new manager, but their communication skills clearly haven’t improved from the Omar Minaya era.
New general manager Sandy Alderson told Joel Sherman of the New York Post on Tuesday that outfielder Carlos Beltran would be “shut down” for at least 4-5 days due to tendinitis in his left knee.
But he wasn’t shut down. Not at all, actually.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Beltran went through a pretty normal spring workout on Wednesday in camp and told Mets skipper Terry Collins that his knee is already beginning to feel much better:
“He threw,” Collins informed ESPN New York. “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.”
Perhaps Alderson meant that Beltran had been shut down from playing in Grapefruit League games, not shut down altogether. Either way, it sounds like the newly-named Mets right fielder is on the right track toward recovery from his left knee issues. He is still hoping to be ready for Opening Day.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.