Carlos Beltran returns to lineup, will play through eye infection

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Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran isn’t going to let a minor case of pink eye derail his impressive start.

According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, the 34-year-old is back in the Mets’ lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Astros.

Beltran sat out of Saturday’s game because of an infection in his right eye that was causing blurred vision and eye socket pressure. He was given medication, which has apparently done the trick.

Beltran has posted a .324/.435/.865 batting line this month and boasts eight home runs and 24 RBI in 146 plate appearances this year. He registered his first career three-homer game on Wednesday evening in a win over the Rockies.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.