Carlos Beltran will be back shortly.
According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the veteran outfielder took swings in a batting cage from both sides of the plate on Saturday afternoon without experiencing any lingering pain or discomfort in his once-strained right hand.
Beltran has been on the 15-day disabled list since August 8. He’s eligible to return to the major leagues Tuesday, but the Giants are likely to wait until later in the week to officially activate him. Thursday or Friday seems realistic.
Beltran was acquired from the Mets in late July for pitching prospect Zach Wheeler. The 34-year-old is batting .284/.378/.495 on the season, but just .244/.261/.356 in 46 plate appearances since joining San Francisco.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: