Carlos Beltran plays the outfield

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Carlos Beltran’s rehabilitation continues apace. Today, for the first time, he played some center field in an extended spring training game.  He also went 3 for 5 with a homer.

I’ve always wondered about “extended spring training.”  Who are the other 17 guys the rehabbing star is playing against? Are they any good? Do they make it like simulated games for pitchers and just make up rules to accommodate the player in question or is it a regulation game? I’m assuming the Mets play their extended spring training games in Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie. Does anyone come to watch them? Do the players go to that same cheesy sports bar around the corner afterward?

I don’t feel like being in Florida in June, but in the interests of journalism, I’d gladly accept an expenses-paid trip down there to cover extended spring training.