Beltran goes 0-for-2, plays 5 innings in first rehab game

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Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran played in his first rehab game Thursday with Single-A Port St. Lucie and finished 0-for-2 with a walk, according to the Newark Star-Ledgers Adam McCullough.  He also played center field for five innings, but did not have a ball hit near him.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel made a few comments to ESPN New York on Thursday afternoon suggesting that Beltran could be activated on Monday, before the club heads to Puerto Rico for a series with the Marlins.  For what it’s worth, we’re not buying it.  Beltran has been on the shelf for close to four months and the Mets would be crazy to rush him back.  He hasn’t even played a full nine innings in a live-action game. 

For now, Angel Pagan will continue to man center field for the Mets.  He’s hit a respectable .302/.363/.443 this season with 14 stolen bases and 23 extra-base hits in 255 at-bats this season.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”